Ebola Nurse Free To Continue Work

6 March 2015, 20:00

A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is free to continue working while under investigation, a medical council has ruled.

Pauline Cafferkey flew back to the UK via Casablanca and London Heathrow before landing at Glasgow Airport late on December 28.

She was admitted to hospital in Glasgow early the next morning after feeling feverish, before being diagnosed with the disease.

Last month, Public Health England said it had passed information to the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on three nurses and two doctors after assessing the screening of healthcare workers returning to the UK.

Ms Cafferkey attended a preliminary hearing in private today held by the NMC in Edinburgh to decide if she could continue working as a nurse while the investigation is ongoing.

An NMC spokeswoman said: "A panel of the investigating committee met today to consider imposing an interim order against the registration of Pauline Cafferkey.

"The panel decided not to impose an interim order. Pauline Cafferkey is free to practise without restriction.''

The full case is likely to be held later this year.

The nurse, from Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire, had been volunteering with Save The Children at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town before returning to the UK in December.

She spent more than three weeks being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London where she was critically ill for a time, but was released after making a full recovery.

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