The nurse struck off the NMC register for breaching patient confidentiality while filming a BBC documentary is considering a High Court appeal against the decision.
Anyone wishing to appeal against an NMC decision has 28 days to take the matter to the High Court, the RCN said.
Chris Cox, the RCN’s director of legal services, said: ‘The Royal College of Nursing has been providing legal representation for Margaret Haywood from the outset and is very surprised at the severity of the punishment dealt out by the NMC panel. Our legal team are working with Margaret to explore the various legal options available to her in light of yesterday’s judgment.’
The RCN has also launched an online petition in support of Ms Haywood.
Ms Haywood secretly filmed patients for the BBC Panorame documentary, Undercover Nurse, in order to expose poor standards of care at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
To view a copy of the NMC decision, read the attached file.