Our thoughts today are with the family, friends and colleagues of Cheryl Moss.
Cheryl was a nurse at St Georges Hospital in Hornchurch, East London and was stabbed to death yesterday, in an apparent frenzied attack, whilst on a break at work. No details have been released so far and it is unclear what the motive might be behind this most heinous of crimes.
It is interesting that the press (BBC, Telegraph) are saying that the Metropolitan Police have discounted the possibility that it was a patient who attacked Mrs Moss. This rather suggests that initial assumptions were that she was murdered because of her work. Not withstanding this, nursing unions have been quick to call for a public inquiry and are making a positive link between Cheryl’s death and her profession. Whilst I abhor any attack on my colleagues in the National Health Service we need to establish the facts before issuing such bold statements in a knee jerk reaction to this horrific event.
In a civilised society every member has the right to go about his or her daily business without fear of attack regardless of their race, religion, profession or any other characteristic. Sadly, we may discover that Mrs Moss was regrettably in the wrong place at the wrong time and the fact that she was a nurse may prove to be completely irrelevant.
Whatever the circumstances, let us hope that the Metropolitan Police are able to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice as swiftly as possible.