Win! Midwife sacked in toilet row is reinstated

Jane Greaves, the midwife sacked after contracting a kidney infection in a workplace with no toilet, has been reinstated.

Bosses at Wakefield Pinderfields Hospital took the decision to fire her after she took 14 days’ sick leave in the last twelve months. Despite a urologist telling her she needed to empty her bladder more often, she could not do so without leaving the midwifery unit, something she felt unable to do due to sort staffing.

A petition launched calling on bosses to give her job back was signed by more than 40,000 people and last week an appeal hearing held by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust overturned its decision, meaning the midwife can now return to work.

After the appeal, Jane Greaves told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I was relieved. I didn’t do anything wrong. It has been harrowing and life-changing. I can’t thank everybody enough for their support.”

And Adrian O’Malley of UNISON said: “We welcome the Trust’s decision and will be working with them to address the issues raised on the birth centre.”

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