The Nursing & Midwifery Council has issued a statement following the guilty verdict returned in the case of nurse Lucy Letby.

Lucy Letby was a nurse working  has been jailed for life for murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six more.  Letby was arrested in July 2018 in connection with a series of unusually frequent infant deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester, where she had worked as a neonatal nurse since 2011.

After being released on bail, she was rearrested in June 2019 and again in November 2020 in connection with additional infant deaths at the hospital. On the following day of her final arrest, she was charged with eight counts of murder and ten counts of attempted murder.

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Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), said:

“First and foremost, our thoughts and sympathies are with the parents and families whose lives have been so terribly impacted by these heinous and heart-breaking crimes.

“This has been a long, complex criminal investigation. We’ve kept in close contact with the police and the trust throughout, and will continue to do so.

“Ms Letby remains suspended from our register, and we will now move forward with our regulatory action, seeking to strike her off the register.”

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