Saldanha 'troubled' before she took call from radio station
Nurse's letter blames DJs for her death, but was she already in dispute with hospital?
The paper reveals that one of the DJs from 2DayFM called nurse Jacintha Saldanha back a few hours after the original call and told her they had played a prank that was about to be broadcast. The revelation is believed to have left Saldanha, who had no experience of dealing with the media, feeling "confused and agitated".
In one of three apparent suicide notes left by the 46-year-old mother-of-two, she expresses her "deep anger" at the DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, and blames them for her death.
But The Sunday Times has found what it says is the first evidence the nurse was "troubled" before she received the call from the station. It reveals that Saldanha had been involved in a long-running "personal disagreement" with a colleague at the King Edward VII hospital and had recently lodged a formal complaint about her manager's failure to take action. Saldanha told managers she was "unhappy" that following an internal inquiry they had decided not to discipline the colleague who is thought to be a subordinate.
The Mail on Sunday says another of Saldanha's notes is critical of "aspects of the hospital staff" and singles out two individuals for blame. The hospital has said repeatedly that the nurse was not criticised or disciplined, but it is understood she may have been reprimanded by colleagues via email.
The hospital has refused to comment on the notes which are in the possession of Scotland Yard. Greig and Christian are staying in secure accommodation after a death threat, reportedly directed at Christian, was intercepted by police.
Saldanha's daughter, Lisha (pictured above) was one of the family members who attended a thanksgiving service at Westminster Cathedral yesterday. She was comforted by the family's representative, MP Keith Vaz.