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Crash death nurse Jacqueline Loosley struck off

A drunk nurse who killed a woman and severely injured her two grandchildren when her car mounted a pavement in Buckinghamshire has been struck off.

Jacqueline Loosley was jailed for eight years in 2010 for causing death by careless driving while drunk.

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

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has now decided to strike off Loosley.

Its conduct panel has made a striking off order against the former Buckinghamshire NHS Trust nurse.

'Regret and remorse'

As well as her jail sentence, Loosley, then aged 47, was also disqualified from driving for 15 years when she was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court.

The NMC panel said in its judgement: "It would damage the reputation of the profession for a registrant still subject to a prison sentence for causing death by careless driving whilst three times over the drink driving limit to be allowed to remain on the register."

It added that the striking off order was necessary to "protect the public, uphold and declare standards and maintain public confidence in the profession".

Niamh O'Reilly, representing Loosley, of Gardens Close, Stokenchurch, reminded the panel of her client's "regret and remorse" and "her wish to use the skills that she has developed over the course of a 26-year nursing career".

The panel was told that on 2 June 2010, Loosley chose to drive while "grossly affected by alcohol".

She mounted a pavement in West Wycombe High Street, killed Mrs De Gelas and severely injured the two children.

Both children suffered skull fractures and Libby was trapped in the front wheel arch of the car.

Loosley had been convicted a year earlier of failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

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