Whistleblowing midwife at Newham Hospital wins High Court battle

A midwife at Newham University Hospital who claims she was struck off for being a whistleblower may have won her job back in the High Court yesterday.

Bernadette McDaid gave an interview to the Daily Mail in February 2003 after she raised concerns that foster parents were not told a baby was HIV positive.

But the 50-year-old former journalist now faces a new disciplinary hearing after a letter backing her case was branded a forgery and her reinstatement will remain on hold until that hearing has been decided.

The Conduct Competence Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council made the decision to strike McDaid off the register of midwives a year ago.

Mr Justice Eder quashed the decision and confirmed she had worked for Newham Hospital from December 2008 to July 2011.

McDaid faced several allegations of misconduct including breach of confidentiality , dishonesty, unprofessional and aggressive behaviour, and the sending of aggressive and inappropriate correspondence to various individuals.

She denied the allegations and claims they were exaggerated or contrived following the whistleblowing incident involving Baby J,

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Judge Eder noted that her newspaper interview had “embarrassed senior officials and midwifery staff.”