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Negative equity and whistleblowers...

Louisa Compton | 09:33 UK time, Friday, 17 April 2009

Stephen's final message of the week:-

"Nearly a million people now have homes worth less than their mortgage. Are you worried about being in negative equity? Also, our phone in at 11 is on Margaret Haywood. She is the nurse who secretly filmed for the BBC to reveal the neglect of elderly patients. The nursing and midwifery council say she failed to "follow her obligations as a nurse". Should she have been struck off?"

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  • 1. At 11:27am on 17 Apr 2009, Tempus Fugit wrote:

    No, she shouldn't have been struck off. Nice to see the Establishment hounding the whistle-blower instead of addressing the failings in their organisation. Has any action been taken against the people caught in front of the hidden lens. Y'know - the one's abusing and neglecting vulnerable patients...

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  • 2. At 11:38am on 17 Apr 2009, zelda wrote:

    Shooting the messenger again. I hope that the 'nursing' staff involved in the neglect are similarly given the order of the boot but somehow in this country I doubt it.

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  • 3. At 11:51am on 17 Apr 2009, ingeniousbunny wrote:

    I am so angry that the NMC has taken this action. Even if they could prove that Margaret Haywood had breached confidentiality they should not have struck her off. This lady has done the patients of Brighton a favour.
    It is obvious that the Whistle blowing policy is not working you only have to look at the Stafford situation where I can only assume that professionals were frightened to complain.
    Again we had a report last week of the elderly suffering from malnutrician in hospital, as an ex nurse I am ashamed of the so called professionals.

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  • 4. At 11:58am on 17 Apr 2009, djPancho wrote:

    Your conservative MP speaking regarding the whistleblower nurse was so typical of his type. He should get off the fence and support the woman. How can the Conservatives hope to win an election when they appear to be too afraid to voice an opinion that would certainly bode with the majority of the thinking population.

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  • 5. At 12:40pm on 17 Apr 2009, fstephen wrote:

    she had to go, i have sympathy and believe her intention was honorable but she was aware of the consequences im a psychiatric nurse and its not like we dont know the code of conduct and likely responce for breaching it. i myself have breached confidentiality as new the risk i took. the abuse of patients is obviously very serious but relaxing the rules of confidentiality could be catastrophic. and how do we know in order to film she did not blur her role and collude unwittingly in the neglect. the issue should be about abuse and neglect, not how fair the code of conduct is. why did she not illicit the families to fight the case and advocate for the patients rather than film them.

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  • 6. At 12:45pm on 17 Apr 2009, fstephen wrote:

    many of the posts seek to combine the issues which are quite seperate, of course people should have listened to her concerns and the inactivity is shocking but the code exists for a reason and perhaps it needs to change but this should be done under consultation of the members of the nmc.

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  • 7. At 4:46pm on 17 Apr 2009, lifeprettypink11 wrote:

    i dont think so. they did that for a purpose.
    the doings are bad

    http://www.uggsclub.com

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  • 8. At 10:09pm on 17 Apr 2009, jujigatami wrote:

    Its not the NMC that struck her off!!!
    It was the leader of the Department of Health!!

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  • 9. At 10:15pm on 17 Apr 2009, jujigatami wrote:

    My case was corrupted by the state when I sued the same Trust. Specialist services manager Joanne Thomas sacked me and Nurse Haywood. Specialist services Manager Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS TRUST It is Nurse Thomas who should be sacked and struck off.

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  • 10. At 9:31pm on 27 Apr 2009, jap1001 wrote:

    I feel that Margaret Haywood did the British people a great service in doing what she did and had the Management of the "hospital" in question been doing their job correctly, then this would not have happened. They should give her back her status and make her the Matron of the said "hospital" and let her bring back the old values of caring for the sick and elderly, with respect and dignity, to the point that the nurses would be afraid of her appearance and also the doctors as they used to be, therefore carrying out their roles to the full.

    How many other "hospitals" are doing the same thing?
    I have placed quotation marks around the title of hospital, as I do not feel that it is appropriate to call these places of suffering and dying a hospital!!!

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  • 11. At 12:52pm on 25 Aug 2009, knome1990 wrote:

    she had to go, i have sympathy and believe her intention was honorable but she was aware of the consequences im a psychiatric nurse and its not like we dont know the code of conduct and likely responce for breaching it. i myself have breached confidentiality as new the risk i took. the abuse of patients is obviously very serious but relaxing the rules of confidentiality could be catastrophic. and how do we know in order to film she did not blur her role and collude unwittingly in the neglect. the issue should be about abuse and neglect, not how fair the code of conduct is. why did she not illicit the families to fight the case and advocate for the patients rather than film them.

    garden shed

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  • 12. At 11:59am on 13 Oct 2009, methera wrote:

    My mother was abused in a care home and her care in hospital left a lot to be desired.I referred my case to the care commission who dealt with it but it was too late for the horror my mum must have suffered.She has passed away but it haunts me still thinking of what she suffered.This woman has stood up for the rights of the most vulnerable members of our society.She should be awarded a medal for being so brave at a cost to herself.God Bless her!

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