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Ebola nurse could be disciplined

Pauline Cafferkey, former Bermuda nurse (File photograph)

Former Bermuda nurse Pauline Cafferkey could face disciplinary action over claims she concealed her temperature at an Ebola screening on her return to Britain.

Ms Cafferkey, who worked as a nurse in King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s Cooper Ward from September 2005 to February 2007, was infected with the deadly virus while working in Sierra Leone in 2014.

The BBC reported that the medical worker is alleged to have given dishonest answers to medical staff when she returned to Heathrow airport.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has been investigating Ms Cafferkey’s conduct.

According to the BBC report, the council alleges that she “allowed an incorrect temperature to be recorded” on December 29, 2014 and intended to conceal from Public Health England staff that she had a temperature higher than 38C.

Registered NHS nurse Ms Cafferkey travelled to the West African country at the height of the Ebola crisis to help the sick.

She returned to London and then travelled to Scotland before being diagnosed, and spent almost a month being treated in an isolation unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital.

Ms Cafferkey recovered but was readmitted to hospital on two separate occasions after suffering complications linked to the disease, and at one stage fell critically ill.

The NMC alleges she did not tell Public Health England screening staff who took her temperature at the airport that she had recently taken paracetamol and that she left the area without reporting her true temperature.

A hearing on Ms Cafferkey’s fitness to practise is set to take place in Edinburgh next month.

The NMC has the power to strike workers off the professional register.