Saturday 3 December 2016

Ebola nurse cleared of misconduct

Viv McKechnie Edinburgh

Published 15/09/2016 | 02:30

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey stands outside the Nursing and Midwifery Council in Edinburgh after she was cleared of professional misconduct by a panel following a probe into her return to the UK with the virus. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire
Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey stands outside the Nursing and Midwifery Council in Edinburgh after she was cleared of professional misconduct by a panel following a probe into her return to the UK with the virus. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire

A Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for patients in Sierra Leone was cleared yesterday of allegations she had put the public at risk by hiding the fact she had a raised temperature when she returned to Britain.

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Pauline Cafferkey (40), was infected in 2014, during an outbreak of the highly contagious disease that killed more than 11,300 people in three West African countries.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council, which regulates the professions in Britain, held a two-day hearing in Edinburgh to investigate allegations that Cafferkey had allowed a wrong temperature to be recorded at Heathrow Airport on her return.

She was also accused of failing to flag up her true temperature to medical staff at a screening area in the airport. The panel dismissed both charges after hearing that she had been impaired by illness as she went through the screening area.

"Throughout her career Pauline has been motivated by a genuine desire to help other people even if this meant putting her own life at risk. She would never have knowingly put anyone in danger," her lawyer said.

Irish Independent

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