Jacintha Saldanha left note 'critical of hospital staff'
King Edward VII nurse said to have criticised hospital staff; hoax callers go into hiding after death threats
ONE of the three notes left by Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse at the centre of the royal hoax phone scandal, criticised staff at the King Edward VII hospital where she worked, according to new reports emerging since the inquest opened yesterday.
The Daily Mirror quotes a source close to Saldanha's family saying: "One of the letters, which is the longest, deals with the hospital and is critical in its tone. Within the letter Jacintha calls into question some of the treatment she received at the hospital."
The hospital has always maintained that Saldanha was not in any trouble for putting through the call from two Australian DJs - pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles - to a colleague working on the ward where Kate Middleton was being treated for severe morning sickness. Yesterday a hospital spokesman said it was "made clear" to both nurses that "they were victims of a cruel journalistic trick".
Three notes were found, two in the room where Saldanha was found dead on Friday, and one in the nurse's belongings, the inquest was told. The dead woman's family has been given typed copies of the three handwritten notes by the police, according to The Guardian.
DJs in hiding: The two DJs who made the hoax call from Sydney's 2Day FM radio station have been moved to a safe house following death threats. One letter sent to the DJ Michael Christian warned him there were "bullets out there with your name on it". Christian and Mel Greig, his co-presenter, have not been seen in public since making a tearful apology on Australian television.
Family unaware: According to The Guardian, Jacintha Saldanha's family did not know anything about the hoax phone call – or Jacintha's innocuous part in the incident – until after Saldanha's death was discovered. They had not seen or heard the news of the prank.
Full inquest : Yesterday's opening was adjourned after five minutes. Coroner Fiona Wilcox fixed a provisional date for the full inquest on 26 March 2013, which would have been Saldanha's 47th birthday.
Inquiry demand: Jacintha Saldanha's husband, Ben Barboza, is understood to want an independent investigation into what happened at the hospital between the time the call from Australia came on Wednesday morning and the discovery of his wife's body on Friday, the Daily Mail reports.