You only have to read , compare and contrast the reports on nurse Beverly Allitt and GP Harold Shipman.
Beverley Gail Allitt was convicted of murdering four children, attempting to murder three other children, and causing grievous bodily harm to a further six children.
The crimes were committed over a period of 59 days between February and April 1991 in the children's ward at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, Lincolnshire, where Allitt was employed as a State Enrolled Nurse.
In May 1993, at Nottingham Crown Court, she received 13 life sentences for the crimes. Mr. Justice Latham, sentencing, told Allitt that she was "a serious danger" to others and was unlikely ever to be considered safe enough to be released. She is detained at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire.
Harold Fredrick Shipman - a doctor and one of the most prolific serial killers in recorded history with 218 murders being positively ascribed to him.
On 31 January 2000, a jury found Shipman guilty of 15 murders. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and the judge recommended that he never be released.
After his trial, the Shipman Inquiry, chaired by Dame Janet Smith, investigated all deaths certified by Shipman. About 80% of his victims were elderly or vulnerable women.
Shipman died on 13 January 2004, after hanging himself in his cell at Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire. Leaving behind an NHS death in service payment and lucrative pension as he died one day before a birthday which would have negated payment (14 January 1946 – 13 January 2004).
Both appauling and unforgivable actions of cruelty against the most vulnerable in our society.
But think back - which had the most press coverage? Which was most emotive? Which elicited public out pouring of shock and awe? Which resulted in change of statute? Which generated a mandatory breed of specialist nurses (RSCN), and mandated minimum clinical standards and dedicated fully equipped hospital wards??????????