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Killer nurses Allitt and Norris stripped of NHS pensions


Two nurses convicted of murdering patients are among 11 NHS workers that have had their pensions taken away after committing serious offences, it has been revealed.

The Department of Health list names health workers that have lost their pensions after committing offences including murder, assault, theft and corruption.

It reveals that Beverly Allitt, the so-called “Angel of Death”, was stripped of all her pension benefits in 1995. She was convicted of murdering four children by injecting them with insulin at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital in Lincolnshire in 1991.

Colin Norris, who was convicted in 2008 of the murder of four women and the attempted murder of a fifth while working at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, had all his pension benefits taken away in 2010.

Colin Norris

Five GPs, including Harold Shipman, make up the bulk of the remainder of the list. It also names a haematologist, a gynaecologist and an administrator. Details of one offender were withheld by the DH.

Each are judged to have committed offences the government believes “to have been gravely injurious to the state or to be liable to lead to serious loss of confidence in the public service” – the criteria for their pensions to be withdrawn.

The list was provided to The Times under the Freedom of Information Act.


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Readers' comments (8)

  • Fair enough really.

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  • Hang on a second....

    In the case of Shipman, the only person missing out on this is his widow. That doesn't seem particularly fair.

    Another question - should they be refunded the pension payments they have already made through PAYE?

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  • Actually, It is not fair to take advantage for wrong doing... However, one should face the consequences of one has done.

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  • The wrongs done are horrendous. But I think this raises many more questions.
    How about people not in NHS pensions scheme?
    Private practice, agency staff, people who've opted out, or making other provisions elsewhere (or not at all and just spending everything).
    So these people are convicted, sentenced, stripped of registration, imprisoned, and now have no pension. Would the state then pay these people their benefits / care after they've served their time - as it's unlikely they would get much employment in what they had been trained to do.
    Could the same rules be applied to politicians ripping off taxpayers money through expenses claims, the bankers who've caused the global financial crises or the Secretary if state for Health for allowing unsafe staffing + skill mix levels and inadequate regulation + training of healthcare staff.

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  • There is no getting away from the fact that they committed heinous crimes.

    I have no sympathy for them at all, they abused their position of trust and should remain incarcerated for the longest time possible.

    Stop their pensions by all means but not refunding their that not stealing?

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  • They should have their freedom taken away!

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  • Colin Norris is clearly completely innocent. As is Ben Geen. The nursing profession ought to be fighting to save them, if only in their own interests. It can happen to you too ...

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  • will mps who have been convicted of crime, eg paedophilia or covering this up be done? of courses not, lers continiue bashing nurses

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