The case of whistleblower Margaret Haywood has generated huge controversy. Miss Haywood, a 58 year old nurse from Liverpool, secretly filmed the goings-on at her hospital and exposed the neglect of elderly patients for a BBC Panorama documentary. She has since been struck off for misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council after appearing before a disciplinary panel. What do you feel about whistle blowing in general and Miss Haywoodâ€™s case in particular? Does the punishment fit the crime? comment (371)
According to a poll by Nursing Times magazine, four in 10 nurses working outside hospitals are so afraid of knife crime that they want to be issued with stab-proof vests, and two thirds of community nurses said they also feared knife attacks.
Community nurses often travel alone treating people in their homes, and are said to be more at risk. Three years ago, the Government pledged that all NHS lone workers would be given a security alarm so they could covertly contact police if they were in danger. comment (33)
Rat, fleas, bedbugs, flies and cockroaches - damning figures released by the Conservatives show that 70 per cent of NHS Trusts bought in pest controllers at least 50 times each between January 2006 and March 2008. comment (217)
A Christian nurse from Weston-super-Mare has been suspended for offering to pray for a patient's recovery. Community nurse Caroline Petrie, 45, says she asked an elderly woman patient during a home visit if she wanted her to say a prayer for her. The patient complained to the health trust about Mrs Petrie who follows the Baptist faith. comment (66)