Nurse Colin Norris, who was convicted of murder last March, has been struck off the nursing register by the NMC.
At an NMC fitness to practise hearing earlier today, a professional conduct committee took just five minutes to decide that Mr Norris should be removed from the register.
The 33-year old - who is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence after being found guilty of four murders and one attempted murder – appeared by video link from Frankland Prison in Durham.
Committee chairman, Laurence Peterken, told Mr Norris he had brought ‘shame and dishonour’ to the nursing profession.
‘The committee has considered all of the sanctions available to us and is satisfied that the only appropriate and proportionate sanction in this case is a removal order,’ he said.
‘The deliberate taking of human life is so contrary to the whole ethos of the nursing profession and we have no doubt that you are not fit to remain on the nursing register. It would be hard to imagine a more serious case of misconduct than this,’ he added.
In January this year, Mr Norris lodged an application for permission to appeal against his convictions.