Nurse Saldanha hanged herself – but did she explain why?

Dec 12, 2012

Reports say the hoax call victim hanged herself in nurses' block and may have left a note for family

JACINTHA SALDANHA, the nurse who committed suicide after a hoax call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for morning sickness, hanged herself in her room at the nurses' accommodation block, it transpired today.

Saldhana, a 46-year-old mother-of-two, was found dead last Friday after two DJs at an Australian radio station duped staff at King Edward Vll hospital into revealing details of the duchess's condition.

It has also been revealed that Saldanha never told her family of her innocuous involvement in the incident. (She simply put the call through to the unnamed nurse attending Kate Middleton.)

There is disagreement over whether Saldanha left a note for her family.  Sky's Martin Brunt said:"I understand that a suicide note was left in which she - we believe - gave some explanation for the actions that she's thought to have taken." However, The Guardian said:"Reports that she left a suicide note have not been confirmed."

Prime Minister David Cameron said today that "many lessons" must be learned from the tragedy. He told MPs:"She clearly loved her job, loved her work, cared deeply about the health of her patients and what has happened is a complete tragedy."

Labour MP Keith Vaz said Saldanha's family were demanding answers from the hospital about the circumstances that led to her death."What the chairman of the hospital said to me was that there are inquiries going on in the hospital," said Vaz."That is not sufficient for the family. There are unexplained circumstances. The family want to know everything. All the facts, fully and clearly."

The Daily Star is claiming that bosses at the Sydney radio station 2Day FM, for whom the hoaxers worked, could be jailed. Lawyers in Australia say the managers could be prosecuted because they did not get the hospital's permission to air the recorded conversation.

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