Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey faces disciplinary action for concealing temperature from medics

first_imgPauline Cafferkey enters an isolation tent before boarding an RAF Hercules at Glasgow Airport Credit:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty In February a panel convened by Save The Children, which runs the Kerry Town treatment centre where Miss Cafferkey worked,  said it was satisfied the nurse did not know she was infected when she left Sierra Leone.At the departure airport, her temperature was recorded as 98F (36.7C), which is normal.Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children, said Miss Cafferkey was “a dedicated humanitarian who worked tirelessly and selflessly in the fight against EbolaLast month Miss Cafferkey spoke for the first time to The Telegraph about the anguish she felt over the misconduct allegations which have lasted for more than 18 months.“I don’t know why it has not been finished. It’s very stressful. It would be nice to have closure,” she said although she has been warned not to talk about the details of the investigation.  Miss Cafferkey spent five weeks working in Sierra Leone, tending to Ebola patients. She twice came close to death – once from Ebola and later from meningitis triggered by the virus.She is still working but cannot continue her old job of home visits as a community nurse because she is currently prevented from driving because of the seizures caused by the meningitis.She said she would like to return to Sierra Leone when she regains full fitness. However the NMC alleges she did not inform screening staff who took her temperature at the airport that she had recently taken paracetamol – which is known to lower fevers – and left the area without reporting her true reading.She is accused of ‘allowing an incorrect temperature to be recorded’ on December 29 2014 which was ‘intended to conceal from Public Health England staff a temperature higher than 100F (38C).’If she is found to have wilfully misled public health workers, she could be struck off the nursing register.After details of the charges emerged, an NMC spokesman said: “Since these proceedings began the NMC has worked closely with Miss Cafferkey and her representatives to reach an outcome that is fair and meets the public interest in this case.”Since the NMC’s case examiners considered the allegations and drafted charges, we have received further evidence.”The final charges the panel will consider will be determined in light of this new material. A process of ongoing review is part of our normal practice in all cases.”Miss Cafferkey and her representatives have co-operated fully throughout this process. Currently we are working towards scheduling the case for a panel to consider on September 13.” Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been accused of taking paracetamol to lower her temperature so she would pass screening checks at Heathrow Airport.The Scottish medical worker is expected to face a fitness to practice hearing at the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) next month where she is accused of concealing her temperature from Public Health England officials.Miss Cafferkey was infected with the deadly virus while working in Sierra Leone in 2014 after travelling to the West African country to help at the height of the Ebola outbreak.She returned to London and then travelled on to Scotland before being diagnosed, and spent almost a month being treated in an isolation unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital.The volunteer recovered but was readmitted to hospital twice after suffering complications linked to the disease, and at one stage fell critically ill.center_img Pauline Cafferkey enters an isolation tent before boarding an RAF Hercules at Glasgow Airport  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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