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What's next for undercover nurse?

Margaret Haywood
Margaret Haywood is weighing her appeal options

Panorama's undercover nurse, Margaret Haywood, lost her livelihood when she was struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council for breaching patient confidentiality.

Ms Haywood, 58, is currently reviewing her appeal options with the support of her legal team and the Royal College of Nursing.

Until her future becomes clearer, she is being supported by the BBC and is working as a consultant to Panorama and to the rest of BBC News and Current Affairs on health issues.

Without her licence to practice, she has lost her position as a trainer of other nurses and carers.

She said she knew the risk she was taking in deciding to film undercover for the July 2005 programme, but feels the decision to prevent her from working as a nurse after a career of more than 20 years was unduly harsh.

"I didn't sort of take the decision lightly I did look into it, I did give it an awful lot of thought and I knew that my position would be compromised by doing it - but I think the public needed to be aware of what was going on on the ward."

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive of the RCN, said the union feels the punishment was harsh and disproportionate and beyond the level of sanction they expected.

Ms Haywood admitted to the charge that she breached confidentiality, but argued that it was justified by an overreaching public interest.



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