Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey speaks out on misconduct inquiry

Pauline Cafferkey contracted Ebola, then further complications. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Pauline Cafferkey contracted Ebola, then further complications. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey has spoken of her stress over misconduct allegations that remain unresolved more than 18 months on from her return to the UK with the virus.

The Scottish medical worker was infected while working as a volunteer with the sick in Sierra Leone in December 2014, at the height of the Ebola crisis.

The report on my case is still ongoing. It’s very stressful. It would be nice to have closure

Pauline Cafferkey

She flew back to the UK that month and went on to spend almost a month being treated in an isolation unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital.

She made a recovery but was readmitted to hospital twice after suffering complications linked to the disease, at one stage falling critically ill.

In February last year it emerged that the regulatory body the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) was investigating Ms Cafferkey’s conduct after being passed information by Public Health England (PHE).

A preliminary hearing – in which she was allowed to continue to work – took place the following month but the case has not yet moved to a full hearing and remains at the investigation stage.

The body has the power to strike people off the professional register.

Ms Cafferkey has spoken out to say she would like to see matters resolved.

She said: “The report on how they are dealing with my case is still ongoing.

“I don’t know why it has not been finished. It’s very stressful. It would be nice to have closure.”

The NMC said it is working with the nurse and her representatives to resolve the case.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that the NMC case regarding allegations of misconduct against Pauline Cafferkey is ongoing.

“We are working closely with Ms Cafferkey and her representatives to ensure that we reach a resolution as quickly as possible that meets the public interest.

“As the case is ongoing, we are not able to comment further.”

Ms Cafferkey has previously told how she feared she might “die a horrible death” after contracting the virus.

She said she still has no idea how she caught Ebola but insists she has no regrets over her decision to volunteer in the West African country.

The Scot was released from hospital in February after undergoing treatmet for complications for a third time. She had earlier been treated for meningitis caused by Ebola.