When we first heard about Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who committed suicide after being the victim of the Kate Middleton hospital prank, a lot of us wondered about who (if anyone) was to blame for the tragedy. Fingers were pointed at the radio station DJs who made the prank call (they’ve since been taken off the air, and spoken out to voice their regret), but many of us assumed that the prank alone could not have been the reason for Saldanha‘s death. Hospital officials claimed to have been supportive of the nurse following the prank, but new details are emerging that might prove otherwise. Click inside for more.
TMZ has the report:
The nurse in the Kate Middleton hoax may have hanged herself in part because the hospital came down on her hard … this according to a new report.
The Daily Mail claims to have a source connected to the nurse’s family, who says in one of the suicide notes the woman, Jacintha Saldanha, is critical of the hospital for the treatment she received. The story does not flesh out whether the treatment is connected to the hoax, but it appears to be the case, given one of the other suicide notes which reportedly describes how she tried to cope with the fallout due to the prank call.
So the question … did hospital management come down on the nurse hard? A hospital spokesperson claims hospital management was supportive, but they are not privy to what she wrote in the notes.
As for the third note, the report claims the nurse laid out plans for her funeral.
This is really a terrible story, and I won’t even hypothesize about the hospital’s involvement in Saldanha‘s death. Like I said, I don’t believe any one, single event can be pinpointed as the cause of something like a suicide. However, I also find it hard to believe that Saldanha received absolutely no criticism for what happened on the job. Obviously, if she did catch some flack, I can’t imagine that it was of a malicious sort, or that anybody criticizing her could have imagined the outcome.
Do these new details change any of your original thoughts on the story? Should the hospital take some responsibility for their possible role in Jacintha Saldanha‘s death?
Oh, and I’ve just learned that the radio station responsible for the prank call will be donating their ad profits for the rest of the year to a fund created for Saldanha‘s family. Thought that was a good thing.