Who killed nurse Jacintha Saldanha?

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Who killed nurse Jacintha Saldanha?

Nurse Jacintha Saldanhae 46-year-old mother of two from Bristol was discovered unconscious in the nurses’ residences near King Edward VII Hospital in central London last Friday morning.

She was the nurse who had answered an call early Tuesday last week from Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who were impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles.

She put through the call to a nursing ward, where another nurse gave the radio hosts details about the condition of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, who had been admitted for acute morning sickness.


from the BBC december 5th


The hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge says it "deeply regrets" giving information about her to hoax callers from a radio station.


The hospital said confidentiality was taken seriously and telephone protocols are under review.


A hospital spokesman said: "This call was transferred through to a ward and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff. King Edward VII's Hospital deeply regrets this incident."


This is embarrassing for the Edward VII hospital which up until now has been favoured by the royals when seeking medical treatment - and an unnecessary distraction for Prince William

The hospital has apologised and insisted it takes patient confidentiality extremely seriously.

It's irritated it has fallen victim to what it sees as a mean joke.


John Lofthouse, the hospital's chief executive, said: "This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore."

He later filmed a video message in which he stated the incident was "technically... a breach of patient confidentiality" although the information given to the hoaxers was "already in the public domain".


What were the days at work and nights at the nursing residence  like for nurse Jacintha Saldanha as the managment conducted its review of the telephone protocl and the breach of confidentaily that embarassed it? Was she told no probs her very minor part in putting the call through and that the whole thing was  joke, nothing to be worried about, just don't let it happen again??

Does anyone doubt that the  managment of a hospital  that regulary treats the royal family , a mangment that  was embarasssed to be the  centre of international media attention when confidential medical attention was released about a member of the royal family,  a  managment that was conducting a review of the telephone protocolm, did not  discipline or threaten to discipline a nurse involved in passing on the call?


Does anyone doubt the hospital played a part in the death of Jacintha Saldanha?



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peterjcassidy wrote:

Does anyone doubt the hospital played a part in the death of Jacintha Saldanha?

I think it was the fault of all Australians.

Seriously, it was a silly prank that went bad...what reasonable person could predict that someone would commit suicide over a prank like that?


Here is a Letter to the Editor that I sent to the Globe on this topic. It was not printed.


There is an important aspect to the tragic suicide of Jacintha Saldanha that the media has ignored. 

It has been treating the Royal pregancy like it is the Second Coming. The Globe's announcement of the event, for example, included a massive colour picture on the front page and a full double page spread inside. It dwarfed every other story. And the wall-to wall sacharine hype continues, not just in the Globe but the world-wide media, no doubt encouraged by the Royal "firm" which has such a vested interested in propagating its brand. 

This created the atmosphere in which a nurse felt such pressure that she ended her own life. And for what? Because this very little thing has been blown out of all legitimate proportion. 

In shoving this non-story down our throats the Royal Family is complicit, the media is complicit and the Globe is complicit. 

Enough already. Let's curtail further coverage of the Royal pregancy until the birth itself and, even then, only report it as an announcement in the Births section. 


Do we really need to disect someone's suicide?


Caissa wrote:

Do we really need to disect someone's suicide?

No, we don't. And since this topic is already getting an obscene amount of play in the mainstream media, I think it's safe to say that we shouldn't be revelling in all the gory details here.


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