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Monday, December 10, 2012

Nurse's tragic death after hospital phone hoax

Last week 2DayFM's DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian were involved in a hoax they will regret for the rest of their lives.  When they rang the London hospital where Catherine was recovering from acute morning sickness for a laugh, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, they had no way of knowing their prank would push a vulnerable nurse over the edge.  But it did.

Jacintha Saldanha's brother Naveen said his devoutly Catholic sister would have been devastated  when she realized she had helped a colleague breach medical confidentiality and believes she died of shame.

Chairman of the King Edward VII Hospital, Lord Simon Glenarthur got it right when he said the prank resulted in the "humiliation of two dedicated nurses."  He wrote to 2DayFM management and said "King Edward VII Hospital cares for sick people and it was extremely foolish of your presenters even to consider trying to lie their way through to one of our patients, let alone actually make the call.  Then to discover that, not only had this happened, but the call had been pre-recorded and the decision to transmit approved by your management, was truly appalling."

Sydney radio station 2DayFM and its parent company Southern Cross Austereo are now being targeted by hacktivists Anonymous.  They posted a threatening video on You Tube this morning accusing the station, the parent company and the two hosts of the murder of Jacintha Saldanha.

"You are directly responsible for the death of another human being......We have found you guilty of murder and you have a funeral to pay for."   They demand the two DJs be sacked immediately and if they refuse, they will not only go after the radio station, but their advertisers too.  "You have put their data bases and websites at risk."   They have one week to comply with their demands.

The two DJs are off air until further notice and are currently undergoing intense counselling.