Drunk nurse struck off for public safety

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A NURSE convicted of drink driving has been struck off after she mounted a kerb in her car, killing a woman and seriously injuring her two grandchildren.

Former Stoke Mandeville Hospital nurse Jacqueline Loosley, who was 47 at the time of the crash, was jailed for eight years in 2010 for causing death by careless driving while drunk.

In June 2010, Loosley, of Gardens Close, Stokenchurch, chose to drive to an appointment while grossly affected by alcohol. She was witnessed driving ‘all over the road’ and colliding with a traffic island, but did not stop.

She approached West Wycombe at speed, mounted the verge and pavement, knocked down signs and hit a wall.

Judy De Gelas, 59, died and Josh, aged nine, and Libby, five, were hurt when Loosley’s car struck them as they walked along the pavement, while she was three times over the alcohol limit.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has now decided to strike off Loosley as a result.

The report published by the council of Loosley’s hearing states the conduct and competence committee ‘concluded that in all the circumstances of the case a striking off order is the only proportionate sanction’.

It states that the panel’s decision to strike Loosley off ‘is necessary to protect the public, uphold and declare standards and maintain public confidence in the profession and the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) as a regulatory body’.

In making the decision however, the panel took into account various mitigating factors such as the fact that Loosley had shown genuine remorse and regret for her actions and their consequences, made a commitment not to drink again, and has carried out voluntary work while in prison.

The council has imposed an interim suspension order for 18 months, the result of which will largely depend on whether Loosley chooses to appeal.