Family of Jacintha Saldanha wants answers

November 14. Jacintha Saldanha’s husband Benedict Barboza has asked for a thorough investigation into the death of his wife and has asked why he was not notified earlier about Jacintha as he found about her death only when she failed to come home for two hours and he rang to find out about her. Mr Barboza handed a suicide note left by Jacintha to the police. The family wants to know if the hospital had taken any stern action to have caused Jacintha to take such a drastic step as she was found hanged and certainly could not be helped as paramedics declared her dead. It was a very determined suicide act and the family were told about her death only when her husband rang in to find about her.

A brief coroner’s court hearing into Jacintha Saldanha’s death is due to be mentioned soon in London and the findings of examinations conducted will not be made public until released by the coroner, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

Findings “would be announced on December 15 at the inquest”, the police source said.

While the death is not being treated as suspicious by police, a coroner is expected to carefully examine the events leading up to the discovery of Ms Saldanha’s body on Friday.

Meanwhile, as reported by a British tabloid The Mirror, a neighbor of Jacintha’s family in India has said, “The family are concerned that there may have been a delay in the hospital telling the family about Jacintha’s death.”

“There should be an independent inquiry into the pressure that the hospital put on Jacintha following what happened”¦there are many unanswered questions.”

While on duty as a senior nurse last week Ms Saldanha answered a hoax call from Australian radio jocks Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who impersonated the Queen and Prince Charles as they sought information about a patient, the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge.

Ms Saldanha unknowingly transferred the call to the ward of Prince William’s wife Catherine, where a second nurse gave the DJs confidential information about the Duchess, who was being treated for acute morning sickness.

On Wednesday, British tabloid the Daily Star said the hoax could lead 2Day FM workers to jail.

“The lizards of Oz face 5yrs prison,” blasted the newspaper’s headline.

While all this goes on British singer and anti-monarchist pop star Morrissey has blamed the queen’s brood for the suicide.

“The arrogance of the British royals is staggering, absolutely staggering. And why it’s allowed to be I really don’t know,” Morrissey has claimed to have said.

In Australia, in the meanwhile, 2Day FM presenters are expected to be interviewed by NSW Police as part of the coronial investigation.

And Australia’s media watchdog, has announced today it will launch an official investigation into the Summer Hot30”²s royal radio prank, with likely powers to compel parent company Southern Cross Austereo to name those within its ranks who okayed the now infamous hoax call going to air. The company has said it will cooperate with the investigation.

Both Greig and Christian, along with network management, have extended their condolences to Ms Saldanha’s family.




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