Nurse Who Answered Hoax Call Found Dead

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Bowling Green, KY

#1 Dec 7, 2012
London (CNN)-- A nurse at the hospital that was duped by a prank call from two Australian radio DJs concerning Prince William's pregnant wife, Catherine, has apparently committed suicide, the hospital confirmed Friday.

The nurse "was recently the victim of a hoax call," King Edward VII Hospital said in a media statement.

The DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles in the prank call, in which some details of the Duchess of Cambridge's condition and care were given.

The nurse who died was the person who first took the hoax call and transferred it through to Catherine's ward, the hospital's public relations company said.

The hospital named her as Jacintha Saldanha and said she had worked there for more than four years as an "excellent nurse," who was well respected by co-workers.

The hospital "had been supporting her throughout this difficult time," the statement said.

The Duchess of Cambridge was discharged from the hospital Thursday after treatment for acute morning sickness.

A St. James's Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha.

"Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time."

Separately, a palace spokesman told CNN: "At no point did the palace complain to the hospital about the incident. On the contrary, we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times."

The hospital's chief executive, John Lofthouse, said, "Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague."

London's Metropolitan Police said they were notified around 9:35 a.m.(4:35 a.m. ET) on Friday that a woman was found unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are treating the death as "unexplained," they said.

Audio of the call posted online suggested a woman spoke briefly to the DJs, who host a show for the 2Day FM radio station in Sydney, before the call was put through to the ward early Tuesday morning.

The hospital said Wednesday that it deeply regretted the call had been put through.

The radio show apologized for the call Wednesday, saying it "was done with light-hearted intentions."

Its two DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, continued to tweet about the call on Thursday and earlier Friday, promising "more on the #royalprank." By Friday evening, a spokeswoman for the station told CNN in a statement that the pair will "not return to the show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy." She said Greig and Christian were "deeply shocked" by the incident.

The Twitter accounts for the pair were taken down.

Talking about the call on air Thursday, Greig said: "They were the world's worst accents ever. We were sure 100 people at least before us would've tried the same thing.... We were expecting to be hung up on -- we didn't even know what to say when we got through."

Angry comments have been posted on the 2Day FM Facebook page since the news of the nurse's death broke.

"This death is on your conscience," reads one post. Another says, "Blood on your hands."
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Bowling Green, KY

#2 Dec 7, 2012
The poor nurse clearly had some mental issues before she took the prank call. That doesn't excuse the actions of the radio personalities who should be fired for allowing the prank to go on like it did.

Obviously England doesn't have HIPAA laws, but their actions violated the patience privacy and they should be help accountable for that.
STFU

Bronx, NY

#3 Dec 7, 2012
Blah Blah Blah wrote:
The poor nurse clearly had some mental issues before she took the prank call. That doesn't excuse the actions of the radio personalities who should be fired for allowing the prank to go on like it did.

Obviously England doesn't have HIPAA laws, but their actions violated the patience privacy and they should be help accountable for that.
The lady who committed suicide is the only person to blame for her suicide. People are responsible for their own actions
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Franklin, KY

#4 Dec 7, 2012
STFU wrote:
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The lady who committed suicide is the only person to blame for her suicide. People are responsible for their own actions
That's exactly what I just said.
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Franklin, KY

#5 Dec 7, 2012
I DO think the the radio hosts should have immediately hung up when they were transferred to the room. They didn't expect to make it that far, but they violated the patience privacy and I'm sure broke associated laws in that regard, and THAT'S the reason they should be terminated.
STFU

Bronx, NY

#6 Dec 7, 2012
STFU wrote:
<quoted text>The lady who committed suicide is the only person to blame for her suicide. People are responsible for their own actions
No you also said the radio hosts should be fired. If the woman was doing her job correctly (not giving out private info) the radio hosts wouldn't have gotten anything they weren't supposed. They are "shock jocks". This is there job (play pranks, get folks fired up). They were doing their job. She wasn't. Her bad.
STFU

Bronx, NY

#7 Dec 7, 2012
Blah Blah Blah wrote:
I DO think the the radio hosts should have immediately hung up when they were transferred to the room. They didn't expect to make it that far, but they violated the patience privacy and I'm sure broke associated laws in that regard, and THAT'S the reason they should be terminated.
You are assuming the laws in Australia are similar to ours (maybe they are, maybe they aren't). But either way attempting to get private information over the phone is not illegal (nor is getting it) and again this is part of their jobs (shock jocks). Nothing illegal and very common place for their profession.
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Franklin, KY

#8 Dec 7, 2012
Yes, they should be fired for breaking the law, which if you research, you'll see that there are privacy law somewhat similar to ours.

NO! Their jobs are NOT to break the law, but to entertain within the realms of the law. I don't hold them responsible for her death, only she can be blamed for that, but there is NO twisting the facts that they DID break the LAW for entertainment purposes.
STFU

Bronx, NY

#9 Dec 7, 2012
Blah Blah Blah wrote:
Yes, they should be fired for breaking the law, which if you research, you'll see that there are privacy law somewhat similar to ours.

NO! Their jobs are NOT to break the law, but to entertain within the realms of the law. I don't hold them responsible for her death, only she can be blamed for that, but there is NO twisting the facts that they DID break the LAW for entertainment purposes.
It's illegal to give the privacy info. I have researched it. Not illegal to try and get it. Post the specific Australian law if you'd like but you are reading it incorrectly if you've read it at all.
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Franklin, KY

#10 Dec 7, 2012
STFU wrote:
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It's illegal to give the privacy info. I have researched it. Not illegal to try and get it. Post the specific Australian law if you'd like but you are reading it incorrectly if you've read it at all.
Its illegal to try to obtain it, you sir are mis-reading it. Even if it weren't illegal, its still unethical and people get fired for MUCH less everyday.
STFU

Bronx, NY

#11 Dec 7, 2012
Blah Blah Blah wrote:
<quoted text>Its illegal to try to obtain it, you sir are mis-reading it. Even if it weren't illegal, its still unethical and people get fired for MUCH less everyday.
So you are saying you made up the Australian law that you said you "knew". If you "knew" it. Post it. You would have had to read it to "know" it's true. So copying and pasting wont be very difficult. Didn't think so
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Franklin, KY

#12 Dec 7, 2012
STFU wrote:
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So you are saying you made up the Australian law that you said you "knew". If you "knew" it. Post it. You would have had to read it to "know" it's true. So copying and pasting wont be very difficult. Didn't think so
You just made up the part where you inferred I didn't. I assume by this point that you're illiterate.
STFU

Bronx, NY

#13 Dec 7, 2012
Blah Blah Blah wrote:
<quoted text>You just made up the part where you inferred I didn't. I assume by this point that you're illiterate.
Okay so then post it and prove me wrong. Waiting with baited breath
here now children

Franklin, KY

#14 Dec 7, 2012
Why dont both of you go shove a big cack up each others arse and enjoy. Damn
observer_007

Modbury, Australia

#15 Dec 7, 2012
STFU wrote:
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The lady who committed suicide is the only person to blame for her suicide. People are responsible for their own actions
You are not aware of the full picture here. If you read the article on blacklisting it comes a little clearer. The nurse who fell for the prank would have faced a life of unemployment, given the 'lists'.

From this article
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/...
it is clear that mostly union activity will get you on the list, but who could be sure that they stop at that.

Would you actually expect in a hospital that the receptionist puts through a prank call which breaks the law?

The radio hosts broke the law and should have known.

1. They are required to tell the person on the other end that they are live on air.

2. they have to reveal they are recording, switch on the 'beep' thing which reminds in regular intervals. That would have told the nurse that something was amiss.

3. all radio stations have a delay and a 'dump switch'. When the conversation goes into an illegal direction someone is required to press that dump switch which exists for rogue callers AND for rogue hosts. Who was in charge of the dump switch?

It is high time to revoke the licenses of stations which fail to select appropriate staff. The radio hosts needed to familiarize themselves with what's happening outside their air conditioned studios and consider the danger of blacklisting that they put a person in. I have known artists decades ago who got on the blacklist through an agent provocateur - not pretty. The nurse's future was destroyed, but her input was only 20 %.
STFU

Bronx, NY

#16 Dec 7, 2012
observer_007 wrote:
<quoted text>You are not aware of the full picture here. If you read the article on blacklisting it comes a little clearer. The nurse who fell for the prank would have faced a life of unemployment, given the 'lists'.

From this article
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/...
it is clear that mostly union activity will get you on the list, but who could be sure that they stop at that.

Would you actually expect in a hospital that the receptionist puts through a prank call which breaks the law?

The radio hosts broke the law and should have known.

1. They are required to tell the person on the other end that they are live on air.

2. they have to reveal they are recording, switch on the 'beep' thing which reminds in regular intervals. That would have told the nurse that something was amiss.

3. all radio stations have a delay and a 'dump switch'. When the conversation goes into an illegal direction someone is required to press that dump switch which exists for rogue callers AND for rogue hosts. Who was in charge of the dump switch?

It is high time to revoke the licenses of stations which fail to select appropriate staff. The radio hosts needed to familiarize themselves with what's happening outside their air conditioned studios and consider the danger of blacklisting that they put a person in. I have known artists decades ago who got on the blacklist through an agent provocateur - not pretty. The nurse's future was destroyed, but her input was only 20 %.
Okay I read that article

1. The situation the nurse was in is nothing like anything in the article. No connection what so ever
2. The hospital came out and stated that the nurse who committed suicide was being "fully supported" by the hospital.
3. The nurse that committed suicide wasn't even the one who gave out details of the patient. She transferred her to another nurse who did.
frankly im smarter

Bowling Green, KY

#17 Dec 7, 2012
no one should give a crap about this.
observer_007

Modbury, Australia

#18 Dec 7, 2012
STFU wrote:
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Okay I read that article
1. The situation the nurse was in is nothing like anything in the article. No connection what so ever
2. The hospital came out and stated that the nurse who committed suicide was being "fully supported" by the hospital.
3. The nurse that committed suicide wasn't even the one who gave out details of the patient. She transferred her to another nurse who did.
They would say that now,'fully supported', wouldn't they.

Of course she wouldn't get on the blacklist within a few hours, but that's what she had to expect and fear. Being unemployable for the rest of your life is not a prospect to be enthusiastic about. The fault lies clearly with the radio station who is incapable of chosing staff that can and will act appropriately. Their license was already on some kind of proviso for previous incidents. They just don't get it and if they do retain their license then we have another case of laws not being worth the paper written on.
Wow

Bowling Green, KY

#19 Dec 8, 2012
STFU wrote:
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Okay so then post it and prove me wrong. Waiting with baited breath
I see you are a know it all prick on every topic.
STFU

Bronx, NY

#20 Dec 8, 2012
Wow wrote:
<quoted text>I see you are a know it all prick on every topic.
It's hard being smart. Although you wouldn't know anything about that.

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