Who'd Be an NHS Whistleblower?

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Duration: 30 minutes

Undercover Nurse Margaret Haywood put a twenty year career on the line to help Panorama expose serious failings in the care of the elderly at one NHS Hospital.

Nursing basics were being ignored such as pain control, toileting and even ensuring some terminally ill elderly patients were getting enough to eat and drink. She dared to go public four years ago and has been fighting attempts to have her struck off the nursing register ever since.

As her case finally comes to a head - and ten years after the government promised to protect whistle-blowers - Panorama asks why more aren't willing to speak out when vulnerable patients are put at risk. Presented by Jeremy Vine.

  • About Who'd be a NHS Whistleblower?

    Undercover nurse Margaret Haywood's 20-year career lies in tatters as Panorama revisits whistleblower protections 10 years on and asks Who'd be a NHS whistleblower?

    Read about Who'd be a NHS Whistleblower?
  • Margaret Haywood on being struck off

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    Nurse Margaret Haywood who secretly filmed for Panorama in 2005 to reveal the neglect of elderly patients at a hospital talks to Panorama after she was struck off for misconduct.

  • What’s Next For Undercover Nurse?

    Undercover nurse Margaret Haywood lost her livelihood when she was struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

    Read about Margaret's future options
  • Nurse's secret 2005 film for Panorama

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    A nurse has been struck off for secretly filming inside a Brighton hospital for a BBC Panorama programme which aired in July 2005.

    Margaret Haywood, 58, was struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council after 20 years working as a nurse for a breach of the code of conduct.

    She agreed to participate in the programme to highlight the conditions elderly patients were having to put up with.

  • Margy’s Letter of Advice

    Margaret 'Margy' Haywood wrote a letter for her family to use should she ever end up vulnerable in hospital.

    Read Margy's letter
  • Concerns with the NHS?

    In light of Panorama's Who'd be a NHS Whistleblower?, what follows is a list of options available to both the general public, including patients, relatives and next of kin and NHS staff who have concerns about the quality of care being delivered.

    Read the list of options
  • ‘Whistleblowing’ While You Work

    Margaret Haywood's case has brought whistleblowing back into public view. Here Panorama casts its eye over some previous high-profile cases.

    Read 'Whistleblowing' While You Work
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