Nurse 'criticised hospital staff' in suicide note

Alexandra Pleffer, ninemsn
10:29am December 14, 2012
2Day FM presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian impersonate the Queen and Prince Charles in a prank call to the hospital that is treating the Duchess of Cambridge for morning sickness.

A nurse who killed herself after being caught up in 2DayFM's royal phone hoax left a suicide note criticising staff at the London hospital where she worked, according to reports.

Jacintha Saldanha was found hanged in her apartment at the King Edward VII hospital three days after she transferred a prank call from two radio DJs to the ward where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness.

British newspaper The Guardian reported that three letters were found at the scene of the 46-year-old’s death: one about the phone prank, one about her funeral requests and one in which she addressed and criticised staff at the hospital.

Scotland Yard is also investigating emails relevant to the nurse's death and calls made to and from her phone, an inquest into her death has heard.

Southern Cross Austereo, which owns radio station 2DayFM, has reportedly moved staff to safe houses and hired bodyguards after death threats were made against one of the DJs involved in the prank.

Yesterday, the Australian Communications and Media Authority announced it had launched a formal investigation into the royal phone prank and would look at whether 2DayFM complied with its broadcasting licence conditions and radio codes of practice.

December 14, 2012: Backlash over the royal hoax call has taken a sinister twist with police investigating death threats that were sent to staff at 2DAY FM.

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Source: The Guardian

Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving Editor: Henri Paget

Jacintha Saldanha.
Jacintha Saldanha.
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