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Whistleblower nurse wins award.

Summary: A whistleblower nurse who was struck off after raising concerns about poor standards of care has been rewarded for going the "extra mile".

A whistleblower nurse who was struck off after raising concerns about poor standards of care has been rewarded for going the "extra mile".

Margaret Haywood secretly filmed the neglect of elderly patients for a television documentary and was struck off the nursing register for misconduct in April.

She admitted breaching patient confidentiality but said she had agreed to film at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton to highlight terrible conditions there. Her striking off was later replaced with a one-year caution.

Last night, she received the Patients' Choice Award at the Nursing Standard Nurse of the Year Awards.

Ms Haywood was one of five nurses shortlisted for the award by members of the public and overwhelmingly received the most public votes.

The judges said that, in their opinion, all the shortlisted candidates "demonstrate outstanding nursing qualities and a willingness to go the extra mile for their patients."

They said it was recognised that Ms Haywood had clearly made a huge sacrifice on behalf of her patients, and that at least some were grateful for her actions.

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