Hundreds support call for NMC to drop Cafferkey investigation

More than 900 people sign petition in support of nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who recovered after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone

A petition calling on the Nursing and Midwifery Council to drop its investigation into nurse Pauline Cafferkey has attracted 969 signatures.

Ms Cafferkey, who contracted the potentially fatal Ebola virus in December while volunteering with charity Save the Children in Sierra Leone, is being investigated by the regulator.

The NMC has not confirmed the reasons for its investigation, which is based on information provided by Public Health England.

Ms Cafferkey, who is from south Lanarkshire, returned to the UK in late December and was later transferred from Scotland to the Royal Free Hospital in London after becoming ill.

She was in a critical condition before recovering following treatment.

At a preliminary hearing held in private in Edinburgh two weeks ago, the regulator decided that Ms Cafferkey could practise without restriction while it investigates.

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