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Misconduct allegations against nurses and midwives to be kept secret until... by katty : September 26, 2016, 10:22:00 PM
Allegations against nurses and midwives charged with misconduct or incompetence will no longer be made available for public scrutiny, the professions’ regulator has said.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which was criticised over its handling of the charges against “Ebola nurse” Pauline Cafferkey, will in future not publish details on its website.

The decision means investigations against potentially dangerous practitioners will remain completely private until a disciplinary tribunal is held.

Under the new system, members of the public and journalists will be prevented from knowing the details of charges against individuals in advance.

It means nurses and midwives will now be treated differently from doctors, as the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Services publishes a summary of allegations against medics on its website prior to hearings.

Ms Cafferkey was cleared earlier this month of professional misconduct following an investigation by the NMC, which had accused her of concealing a high temperature when she returned to the UK from Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in 2014.

Allegations that she had allowed an incorrect temperature to be recorded while being screened at Heathrow Airport were dismissed by the panel, and another charge of dishonesty was withdrawn.

Ms Cafferkey said the NMC had later apologised for publishing the allegations on its website ahead of the hearing.

A spokesman for the hearing  said: “These changes will help to ensure fairness to all parties as charges of pre-hearing stage may be subject to change.”

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