Nursing registration revoked for Lucy Letby, a convicted murderer of children

Nursing and Midwifery Council declares her unsuitable to practice after being sentenced for crimes committed at a Chester hospital
Lucy Letby, a child serial killer, has had her nursing credentials revoked by a panel at a hearing held by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
In August, Letby was convicted of murdering seven babies and attempting to murder six others, including two attempts on one victim. She received 14 whole-life orders as a sentence.
The panel concluded that Letby was unfit to practice nursing and subsequently issued the striking-off order. Despite maintaining her innocence, Letby did not resist this decision.
The crimes were committed in the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester hospital between June 2015 and June 2016.
During the hearing in Stratford, east London, panel chair Bernard Herdan stated, “She deliberately caused severe harm to the most vulnerable victims.” Herdan added that allowing Letby to continue practicing would pose an unacceptable risk to the public and diminish confidence in the profession.
Herdan also mentioned that Letby abused her position of trust, showed no remorse, and there were no factors to mitigate the severity of her actions.
To cover a potential appeal period, an interim suspension order against Letby has been imposed for 18 months.
These decisions come after submissions from Christopher Scott, representing the NMC, who stated, “The NMC firmly believes that the registrant’s convictions for murder and attempted murder are of such gravity – perhaps even unbearable – that they necessitate a striking-off order.” Scott urged the panel to disregard lesser sanctions and prioritize protecting the public while upholding professional standards and public confidence.
Scott also informed the panel that Letby faced 14 charges brought forth by the NMC, which align with her criminal convictions. Letby acknowledged the charges but chose not to participate or be present during the hearing. She did not oppose the application to remove her from the nursing register and accepted the verdict, although she maintains her innocence in regards to all the allegations. Letby’s convictions are currently under appeal.
The panel confirmed that Letby’s convictions are substantiated.
Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, expressed their condolences to the parents, families, and children who have endured the devastating impact of Lucy Letby’s atrocious crimes. Sutcliffe stated that as soon as the criminal trial reached a verdict, the NMC initiated their own fitness-to-practice proceedings promptly. The independent panel has now ordered Letby’s removal from the register, effective from January, while she remains under interim suspension until then.
Letby is set to face retrial in June next year for one count of attempted murder.

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