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Thursday, September 24, 1998 Published at 09:49 GMT 10:49 UK


Saudi murder nurse to get all-clear to work again

Deborah Parry says she was tortured to make her confess to murder

Deborah Parry, one of the nurses convicted of murdering a colleague in Saudi Arabia, is likely to be cleared to practise nursing.

Despite a complaint from MP George Galloway, the UKCC, nursing's regulatory body, says it has been unable to find any reason to remove Ms Parry from the nursing register or call her registration into question.

Ms Parry and Lucille McLauchlan were convicted of the 1996 murder of Australian colleague Yvonne Gilford.

They were freed after Foreign Office intervention.

Speaking on the BBC's Hear and Now programme, Mandy Lavin, director of the UKCC's conduct committee, said: "Is Deborah Parry a murderer? No, we don't think so.

"We haven't got any evidence to prove that she is and until such time as we get that evidence she can still take care of patients."

No proof

The body has been trying for months to get hold of proof of Ms Parry's conviction and the evidence against her.

It needs the evidence if it is to strike her off the nursing register.

But, so far the Saudi authorities have not provided any documents.

The UKCC says that "in the absence of any other evidence, the case will effectively be closed" and adds that this means Deborah Parry will be cleared.

[ image: George Galloway believes Ms Parry is guilty]
George Galloway believes Ms Parry is guilty
George Galloway says he believes Ms Parry is guilty and should not practise again.

He says she confessed to the murder and that he has talked to her interrogators who deny torturing her.

Ms Parry says she was tortured to make her confess.

Mr Galloway believes the Saudi authorities have not come forward with any evidence against her because they are "sick to the back teeth" of the whole affair.

He wants Health Secretary Frank Dobson to intervene to prevent Ms Parry working in the UK.


She began work at Holy Cross Hospital in Surrey last week, with the UKCC saying it was still looking into the case against her.

[ image: Deborah Parry began work at Holy Cross hospital last week]
Deborah Parry began work at Holy Cross hospital last week
Some of her patients say they are frightened at the prospect of being nursed by her.

Ms Parry blames the media. "To see that, "angel of death", "killer nurse to return to wards", it's sick. Can you imagine what it's like?"

But Ms Parry, who has pledged to clear her name, will have problems doing so since she cannot appeal against the conviction in a UK court.

Hear and Now is on BBC1 at 7.30pm BST.

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