Friday, November 28, 2008

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Three years after Panorama broadcast an undercover report on the treatment of elderly patients on an NHS hospital ward in Brighton, the nurse who blew the whistle has been taken to a disciplinary tribunal.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council(NMC) panel have dismissed two charges against Margaret Haywood who helped to secretly film in the Royal County Hospital in Brighton for Panorama: Undercover Nurse.

They ruled that there was no evidence she had broken the NHS Trust's whistleblowing policy by raising "serious concerns" in the media.

They also found Ms Haywood had no case to answer over claims that she had failed to help colleagues when a patient suffered a seizure on a ward where she was working.

The nurse of 20 years had already admitted breaching patient confidentiality in relation to the programme.

You can read more about the story on
our website and find out about the original report in our archive pages.


The General Medical Council have suspended the doctor who failed to spot Baby P's injuries just two days before his death.

Dr Sabah al-Zayyat, a locum paediatrician at St Ann's Hospital in London, had been placed under supervision after the GMC put temporary conditions on her registration. These conditions have now resulted in full suspension from practice as the case is investigated further.

You can read more about the story on the BBC News website.

Panorama's programe What Happened to Baby P? is available to watch on our website.


And if you missed it, this week's Panorama saw Sorious Samura investigate those responsible for the distribution of aid in his home country of Sierra Leone and also Uganda.

In Addicted to Aid Sorious revisited the hosiptal in Sierra Leone where he was born only to find conditions had worsened since his birth 45 years ago.

If you would like to find out more about what happens to the billions of pounds that is donated in aid, there's more information about Sorious's report on our website.

And of course you can watch again on the BBC iPlayer.


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