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Nurse to consider legal options after being struck off

Published: 17 April 2009

Commenting on the outcome of yesterday's Nursing & Midwifery Council hearing, Chris Cox, Director of Legal Services at the Royal College of Nursing, 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."

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Notes to editors

An appeal against the decision of the NMC panel can be taken to the High Court, within 28 days of the decision.

On the subject of whistleblowing, the RCN has previously said:

"It is absolutely vital that healthcare staff at all levels feel they can raise concerns about poor patient care with their managers. Those in charge must put robust systems in place which allow staff to voice their concerns. Just as important is the need for Trusts to ensure that every member of staff is fully aware of such systems and know that they will be supported when raising genuine concerns.

"However, it is clear that there are parts of the health service which do not have such systems or working environments in place. This can put staff in an extremely difficult position and when staff concerns are discouraged or ignored, it can often lead to poor patient care getting worse."

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Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes the interest of nurses and patients on a wide range of issues and helps shape healthcare policy by working closely with the UK Government and other national and international institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.