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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nurse Fired After She Secretly Films Patients At British Hospital

A nurse has been dismissed from her position after she secretly filmed patients at the hospital where she worked for the benefit of BBC documentary filmmakers who were doing undercover work to discover bad conditions at the institution, the Royal Sussex Hospital. Margaret Haywood said she thought the filming was in the best interests of the patients and that she had tried to bring the poor conditions at the hospital to the attention of the hospital administration beforehand. Nevertheless, an ethics panel said she had breached her duty of confidentiality to her patients. The 2005 documentary brought attention to conditions at the hospital and questions in the House of Commons. Read more here.

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