Saudi case nurse struck off register

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LUCILLE MCLAUCHLAN, the Scottish nurse who spent 17 months in a Saudi jail for allegedly helping to kill a colleague, was yesterday struck off the nursing register.

McLauchlan, who was convicted last December of stealing pounds 300 from an elderly patient and forging personal references, did not attend the hearing in Edinburgh.

The United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, removed her name from the register, after a 15-minute meeting.

Betty Rush, it's chairman in Scotland, said, following the decision: "We decided to remove her name from the register with immediate effect. ...the charge we were particularly concerned about related to fraudulent references."

The hearing was told that McLauchlan, who was previously sentenced to 240 hours community service, began training in 1984 and became a registered staff nurse in 1993.

At her trial at Dundee Sheriff Court, she was found guilty on three charges - handling a stolen bank card, theft and using forged references.

Sheriff Alastair Stewart had said her use of the forged references "was a clearly thought out and planned pattern of deceit, with a view to obtaining employment abroad."

A security video showing her standing next to a cash machine at a bank branch where she had no account, was a crucial piece of evidence.

She was suspended from King's Cross Hospital, in Dundee in April 1996 and sacked a month later.

Shortly afterwards shemoved to Saudi Arabia, claiming she had left the hospital because a ward was closing.

A few months later McLauchlan was accused of being an accessory to the murder of another nurse, Yvonne Gilford, who was stabbed to death.Her colleague, Deborah Parry ,was convicted of murder and ordered to be beheaded.

Saudi police also accused McLauchlan of using Miss Gilford's bank card for an automatic withdrawal and claimed she transferred more than pounds 3,000 to Britain.

The two women were released in a humanitarian gesture by King Fahd last year and allowed to return to Britain. McLauchlan then married her fiancee, Grant Ferrie, in Britain.