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Criminologists identify range of 'red flags' for killer nurses


This study identifies the factors which get a nurse accused of being a serial killer. Note that many are incredibly subjective. Once the scare has started, gossip and fear adds more. Once the doctors too are scared, they go back trawling for "suspicious" incidents at which the scary nurse played a role, reinterpreting and rewriting the medical dossiers. They present an impressive stack of highly suspicious material to hospital management who go to police. The media does the rest. The study is methodologically flawed. It shows what leads to successful convictions, but 3 of the 16 convicted HCSK's in the study are innocent. Wendy Hesketh: "My view is that the "Establishment" want the public to believe that, since the Shipman case, it is now easier to detect when a health professional kills (or sexually assaults) a patient. It's good if the public think there will never be "another Shipman" and Ben Geen and Colin Norris being jailed for 30 years apiece sent out that message; as has the string of doctors convicted of sexual assault but statistics have shown that a GP would have to have a killing rate to rival Shipman's in order to have any chance of coming to the attention of the criminal justice system. In fact, the case of Northumberland GP, Dr. David Moor, who openly admitted in the media to killing (sorry, "helping to die") around 300 patients in the media (he wasn't "caught") reflects this. I argue in my book that it is not easier to detect a medico-killer now since Shipman, but it is much more difficult for an innocent person to defend themselves once accused of medico-murder."

Posted date

29 November, 2014

Posted time

8:25 am