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Panorama's week that was, May 10-16


Several Panorama programmes, some recent and others stretching back several months, were back in the news over the past few days. Among them is whistleblower Margaret Haywood - the nurse who was struck off the register last month for secretly filming care of the elderly for Panorama at the Royal Sussex County Hospital - is to appeal against the decision taken by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The domestic security service MI5 did not have the manpower to do extra checks on the 7 July ringleader before he led the attacks in central London in 2005, a report has said.

But the Intelligence and Security Committee declined to criticise MI5, which it said had other priorities.

With the lifting of reporting restrictions in April 2007, Panorama: Real Spooks revealed the truth about what MI5 really knew about the London bombers.


In The Six Billion Dollar Man Panorama explored how Sir Allen Stanford has yet to face charges for the multi-billion dollar fraud he has been accused of carrying out by US regulators.

Last Tuesday, we learnt that the chief investment officer at the Stanford Financial Group, Laura Pendergest-Holt, has been charged with conspiring to obstruct the American Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into the firm.

The SEC, the financial watchdog, has described the alleged fraud at Stanford Financial Group as a "fraud of shocking magnitude".


Our programme You Can Run... investigated how much information is held on the nation's adults, and how difficult it is to run away from the data trails we leave in our wake.

Now, with the launch of ContactPoint, England's children will have nowhere to hide.

The controversial database allows the details of 11 million children and young people aged up to 18 years to be accessed by professionals, in order to see which other services and people were in contact with a child.

The government says it will enable more co-ordinated services for children and ensure that none slip through the child safety net. The chief executive of children's charity Barnardo's welcomes this as a way of making it easier to deliver better co-ordination of services.


And as the fall-out of Baby P's appalling death continues, Great Ormond Street Hospital has said it is "truly sorry Peter suffered and died", after the health regulator found that a catalogue of failings by the NHS meant a series of opportunities that could have saved the toddler's life were missed.
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