Pauline Cafferkey cleared by misconduct panel

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A nurse who survived Ebola has been cleared by a misconduct panel of allegations that she put the public at risk.

A disciplinary panel this week heard allegations that Pauline Cafferkey, 40, allowed an incorrect temperature to be recorded during the screening process at Heathrow on her arrival from West Africa in late 2014.

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey arrives at her hearing. Picture: Getty

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey arrives at her hearing. Picture: Getty

The panel also heard claims the Scottish medical worker’s conduct had “undermined” public trust and confidence in the nursing profession.

But the legal team for Ms Cafferkey, who twice came close to death after contracting Ebola while working as a volunteer in Sierra Leone, pointed to her “previously unblemished record” and insisted the legal threshold for a finding of misconduct against her has not been met.

Accusations that she acted dishonestly during her return to Heathrow were dropped after the panel ruled there was no reasonable prospect of them being proved.

The panel was told that Ms Cafferkey was among a group of doctors and nurses returning to Heathrow after a six-week deployment to Sierra Leone.

Picture: PA

Picture: PA

In agreed evidence put before the panel, it was said that screening staff from Public Health England at the airport “were not properly prepared to receive so many travellers from at risk countries” and this resulted in the area being described by some of those present as “busy, disorganised and even chaotic”.

The nurse was cleared for onward travel, arrived in Glasgow late in the evening and awoke feeling “very unwell” the following day, December 29 2014. She was diagnosed with Ebola the same day and spent almost a month being treated in an isolation unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital.

The volunteer recovered, but had two further admissions to hospital - one with a relapse of the Ebola virus and the other with chronic meningitis.

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Ms Cafferkey was taken to hospital under police escort. Picture:  Lisa Ferguson

Ms Cafferkey was taken to hospital under police escort. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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