UK Nurse Who Survived Ebola Cleared of Misconduct Charges


A Scots nurse who survived Ebola has been cleared of misconduct charges by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Pauline Cafferkey, 40, was infected while working in Sierra Leone in 2014.

She faced charges for allegedly allowing a wrong temperature to be recorded during the screening process at Heathrow on her arrival in the c.

The conduct and competence panel dismissed the charges after hearing she had been impaired by illness. Another charge of dishonesty was withdrawn.

Afterwards, Ms Cafferkey’s lawyer, Joyce Cullen, said her client was “relieved” to have been cleared of wrongdoing after “willingly” putting her life at risk to help people suffering from Ebola.

She said that the medics returning from Sierra Leone had encountered “chaotic scenes” and put the focus on Public Health England for the ordeal her client had endured.

“Public Health England were unprepared for the volume of people returning from countries affected by Ebola,” Ms Cullen said.

“There were also serious failures in communication amongst the Public Health England staff.

“It is perhaps ironic that given the criticisms made about Public Health England processes, it was their complaint which led to the Nursing and Midwifery Council investigation and these proceedings being initiated against Pauline.”

Click here to read more.