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Stepping Hill murderer set to be struck off register


Convicted murderer Victorino Chua has been struck off the nursing register by a fitness to practise panel, pending appeal.

Mr Chua is currently serving a life sentence in Wakefield prison, after being found guilty in May this year of murdering two patients and causing grievous bodily harm to many more while employed as a nurse at Stepping Hill Hospital, run by Stockport Foundation Trust.

Last week he faced a fitness to practise hearing from prison via telephone link. Attempts to establish a video link had earlier failed.

The panel noted that Mr Chua continued to maintain his innocence and was appealing, but said his fitness to practise was currently impaired “by reason of your convictions”.

It said his “continuing denial” and “protestation” he was the victim, left the panel in no doubt that Mr Chua had “shown no insight” into his actions.

“The panel concluded that it is difficult to imagine more serious convictions than yours,” stated the case notes from the hearing, which took place on 5-6 October.

“You have been found guilty of murdering two patients and causing catastrophic harm to a number of other vulnerable patients,” the panel said.

“The panel has received no evidence of insight, remorse or reflection about the impact that your actions had on patients, their families or fellow professionals. It considered that you abused your position of trust when working with vulnerable patients,” it added.

The panel concluded that a striking-off order was a “proportionate sanction” to protect the public.

However, the panel imposed an interim suspension order, in order to give Mr Chua 28 days to appeal before the striking off order takes effect.


Case background

Victorino Chua, originally from the Philippines, was charged with murdering three people and harming 18 others by poisoning them with ampoules and saline drips contaminated with insulin in 2011.

On 18 May this year, the 49-year-old was convicted of murdering Derek Weaver and Tracey Arden but cleared of murdering Arnold Lancaster.

In all he was found guilty on 33 counts, including attempting to wound with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and eight counts of attempting to administer poison.

He was told by a judge that he would spend a minimum of 35 years in prison for his crimes.


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Readers' comments (2)

  • I no longer give any credence to anything the NMC says
    He has been found guilty in a Crown Court therefore the NMC kangaroo court says or does is immaterial

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  • He will be 84 when and if he is set free what difference does it make?

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