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?
Many of you feel very strongly about the dismissal of Nurse Margaret Haywood and have advanced arguments both for and against the decision of the NMC to remove her from her post. The spirited debate raises some interesting questions about the NHS and how you, the members of staff, feel about the system in general. Many of the comments seem to display a certain amount of wariness and even suspicion felt amongst NHS staff for the government and the NHS management. We want to know of your experiences concerning this.