Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey faces disciplinary action over claims she concealed her temperature at an Ebola screening on her return to the UK. The 40-year-old was infected with the deadly virus while working in Sierra Leone in 2014. She is alleged to have given dishonest answers to medical staff when she returned to Heathrow airport. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has been investigating Ms Cafferkey's conduct. The council alleges that she "allowed an incorrect temperature to be recorded" on 29 December 2014 and intended to conceal from Public Health England staff that she had a temperature higher than 38C.
Hundreds of nurses and midwives are expected to join a demonstration in London on Saturday calling for a rethink of plans to scrap maintenance grants for students in England. The Treasury says abolishing the grants, or bursaries, will allow many more nurses to be trained. But a Royal College of Nursing survey claims two-thirds of nurses wouldn't have studied nursing without them. They say it would make an existing staff shortage even worse. Bursaries are a means-tested allowance paid to those healthcare students who qualify, to help with living expenses during their training.
A shortage of nurses in the UK will continue for years to come and could get worse, experts are predicting. The warnings follow a report from early 2016 on the nursing workforce compiled by the Institute for Employment Studies for the Migration Advisory Committee. The authors cite the ageing workforce, poor planning by government and the risks from Brexit as key problems. A Department of Health spokesman said that retaining home-grown nurses was a "top priority" for the government. The report prompted the government to relax rules and grant up to 15,000 visas for nurses from outside the European single market over the next three years.
A woman has tracked down the nurse who did "silly things" to make her cancer treatment as a teenager "less painful", after an appeal on social media. Liz Brown spent four months in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, in 1989 with a spinal tumour. Her nurse, Debbie, "realised I was struggling" and gave her "silly jobs" which helped her cope, Ms Brown said. On Wednesday night Debbie got in touch and the pair, who were "both in tears", plan to meet up soon. "She didn't think I'd made it through my cancer," said Ms Brown, recounting their brief conversation on Facebook at about 22:00 BST on Wednesday.