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Kate Prank: Jacintha Saldanha Family's Grief
British police may want to speak to two Australian DJs following the death of the nurse who answered their prank call to the Duchess of Cambridge's hospital.
The Australian authorities confirmed they have had contact from the Met Police concerning 2Day FM presenters Michael Christian and Mel Greig.
The pair hoaxed King Edward VII's hospital staff where the pregnant Duchess was treated for extreme morning sickness.
Jacintha Saldanha - the nurse who took the call and put it through to colleague who divulged private information about Kate's treatment - was found dead on Friday.
New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas said Scotland Yard had been in touch - but emphasized there was no suggestion that a crime had been committed.
He said: "There has been a request for assistance from London's Metropolitan Police to the New South Wales Police through the Australian Federal Police.
"The request has gone to the city central command - the area where the 2Day FM office is.
The company which owns the Australian radio station has called an emergency meeting to discuss the DJs' future.
Mr Kaldas added: "I have to stress, it hasn't been indicated to us that an offence has occurred, they haven't actually asked for anything yet - they've simply touched base, let us know of their interest and they'll get back to us if they want something done.
"Nothing has been requested of us yet."
Scotland Yard confirmed contact had been made with the authorities in Australia but did not elaborate further.
Meanwhile, Ms Saldanha's family in the UK and India have been paying tribute to the mother of two teenagers.
Her daughter Lisha wrote on Facebook, "I miss you, I love you", while her husband Ben Barboza has set up a tribute page on the social networking site.
He wrote: "I am devastated with the tragic loss of my beloved wife Jacintha in tragic circumstances. She will be laid to rest in Shirva, India."
In India, her sister-in-law Celin D'Souza said: "I will really miss her a lot. She was a good-natured sister-in-law. I cannot forget her, she was so good."
The hospital where Ms Saldanha worked has condemned the stunt as "truly appalling" while a prominent Conservative MP has called for the DJs to be sacked.
In a letter to the Australian radio station 2Day FM's parent company, Lord Glenarthur, Chairman of King Edward VII's Hospital, said he wanted to "protest" against the "extremely foolish" gag.
The letter to Southern Cross Austereo said the immediate consequence of the station's "premeditated and ill-considered actions" led to the "humiliation" of Ms Saldanha and another nurse.
"The longer term consequence has been reported around the world and is, frankly, tragic beyond words," it added.
Tory MP Conor Burns, a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said: "The presenters should lose their jobs and there needs to be a serious review as to what they regard as entertainment and what is inappropriate."
News of the nurse's death has led to a huge backlash against the two presenters, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles during the prank on their 2Day FM show.
Southern Cross Austereo said the pair are being "babysat" and kept away from hostile media coverage.
Spokeswoman Sandy Kaye said: "We're seriously concerned about their welfare and we're doing whatever we can to help them."
The Duke of Cambridge made no comment on the situation as he attended a charity function in London on Saturday night without Kate - who is resting after her three day stay in hospital.
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what do you think?
Id still like to know what the other nurse says about all this, shes very quiet it seems to me.i wonder what sort of reaction the hospital managers had towards them.they might have been threatened with their jobs for all we know , breaking patient confidentiality and to a duchess is well.
Had sort of occurred to me too, unless I read wrong, did she pass the call on? Poor lady, think a lot more is to come out, what a very sad thing to happen
Hope they don't receive the same status that Russell Grant and Jonathan Ross got from Twitter fans and contracts of work from the ITV chief executive??
Brand. Russell Brand :)
I knew what you meant, Barry.
I didn't realize she only put the call through..tragic but something else was wrong with this poor woman I wouldn't blame it on 2 low brow Aussie DJs. This woman was ill.
Time will tell, poor lady, could have been the last straw for her, so tragic
You only just realised that she wasn't the one who gave out information, Fran ? And you're yet another one qualified to judge the state of her mental health ?
Julie, I agree that it probably was the last straw, but not because she was mentally ill, as some feel qualified to suggest. Separated from her family to earn a living, and answering the phone at 5.30am suggests that she was ten hours into an 8 till 8 night shift. When the whole world knows she's been conned, she feels ashamed, she's lost confidence in her own ability, and seriously doubts her own professionalism. Sounds a lot more feasable to me than having mental health problems.
she did kill herself, are you implying she was in a stable state of mind.? I'm simply saying it's a tragedy but you can't voice an opinion anymore without having your morality judged by a stranger, contradictory I'm sure, but it is News and I'm only commenting.
I work in the NHS and I can assure you there is a lot of tension working in it at the moment. I can quite understand the pressure she was under.
Valerie, it was a private hospital.
Spending cuts have happened everywhere, at one time there would have been a trained night shift receptionist.
I have worked in private hospitals as well and believe me the pressures there are equally as bad. Management is soooo strict and unforgiving
Valerie, as you say management are strict and unforgiving and they expect us to believe nothing untowards was said to this nurse.
stewgwyn, I understand what your saying and defending about people assuming she had mental health problems, but your doing the same assuming she did not.Whether qualified or not none of us on here know sweet fa about this ladies life,now i'm making an assumtion because of the circumstances and the people involved the chances that the full truth will ever be known is unlikely.
I been thinking about it, the DJs in my eyes are innocent. For me the guilty party is the radio station, as they are the ones that allowed it to be aired. And were happy enough to see their ratings increase.
You raise a very valid point, A B
You're another one qualified to diagnose mental health problems in people you've never seen !
Why do you have to be qualified...you don't take your own life if your happy and well do you....Stew What a silly remark.
There seems to be a lot of them about Stew.................
Darren, I have learned about it, and a diagnosis is preceded, in mental and physical matters, by a consultation. And Simon, by qualified I mean relevant experience, not necessarily papers.
Well then Stew how do you know this brought on the suicide it may be due to something completely different,I don't have to be qualified to propose that do I...?
Mental health problems or not one should never assume as everyone has a threshold level seemingly that threshold had been reached. It is then about being responsible for your actions and not assuming.
It's all about confidentiality, management of the hospital should make it perfectly clear to all staff that calls such as these should be put through to Management, we would hope. It's ok to blame these Aussie nit wits but the management of this hospital are to blame, if there was such rules in place then this may be why this nurse felt so guilty and ashamed - to the point of suicide, but I do think that we should stop all the publicity now and let her family grieve in peace.
Management ? At 5.30am ? Lucky to see some of them before lunchtime !
well said stew. The only time we see management is when they are on your backs. They never praise us for the hard work we do.
I had a "seagull" manager at my last job, She would occasionally fly in, dump on everyone and fly out again............
Seems very strange that in the papers today that a hospital spokesperson has said "They blame the Djs for this " This is most unusual .Hospitals normally will only make a statement regarding someones condition /health.Not blaming people . Seems to me that someone there is cr ****g themselves that they said something to the poor lady before she ended it all.In turn i wonder who pressured that person into hounding the nurse ? ............NO prizes for guessing .I hope every time that idiot woman blows chunks ,she thinks about this poor nurse who felt this was the only way out .
Before the police dash off round the world to question the 2 Jocks they want to ask some pertinent questions about who was responsible for hospital security and to what level the nurses were disciplined. I believe the queen would have used a private ext.No. Not available in the phone book.and should have been picked up by security As all this happened live the hospital was made to look silly and they panicked by over reacting and blaming everyone except themselves. As for the hoax or stunt this sort of thing has been happening since time began. That stunt was similar to ones pulled by candid camera and Noel Edmunds years go. Fortunately no one died and we all had a good laugh.
Maybe people should think a little before they indulge in childish pranks! Obviously no one would expect such an outcome but at the least they should have expected to get someone in trouble. Very sad for the nurse and her family.