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Care home boss Rachel Baker struck off nursing register

A former care home manager who was jailed for the manslaughter of an elderly resident has been struck off.

Nurse Rachel Baker, 44, of Boundary Way, Glastonbury, was convicted at Bristol Crown Court last January for the manslaughter of Lucy Cox, 97.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council found Mrs Baker's fitness to practise was "impaired by reason of her conviction".

"The striking off order is the only appropriate and proportionate sanction in this case," the council said.

"The registrant's behaviour and practice is wholly incompatible with remaining as a registered nurse and continuing to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
'Serious risk'

"It would undermine confidence in the NMC if she were not struck off.

"The matters found proved are so serious, comprising criminal convictions including the taking of a patient's life by the wrongful administration of drugs, abuse of trust and a persistent and on-going misuse of controlled and prescribed drugs."

The panel was told: "The registrant's behaviour which was demonstrated over time and effectively when she was in sole control of the patient's care in the residential home presents a serious risk to public safety."

The NMC is the nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.

Baker was jailed for 10 years by Bristol Crown Court last May.

She admitted 10 counts of possessing Class A and C drugs and one count of perverting the course of justice.

The court was told Baker gave Mrs Cox lethal doses of medication at the Parkfields Residential Care Home, in Butleigh, Somerset.

Baker was acquitted of the manslaughter of another resident, Frances Hay, 85.

Source BBC