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To think they should reconsider the DJ's job since the nurse commited suicide?

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MightTinge Fri 07-Dec-12 15:52:07

For some strange reason I felt cross when I read of her suicide. Was she in the wrong place at the wrong time? Should the DJ be punished or is it simple a
'Stunt gone wrong'?
After all look what happened with sachsgate. This was much worse IMO before her suicide.
I feel very sad for her children.


FivesGoldNorks Fri 07-Dec-12 16:25:25

What about the producer though?

Mrsjay Fri 07-Dec-12 16:25:45

I hope they resign and then think about these stupid prank jokes I hate them and this 1 has had the most tragic ending just so sad, I hate all those prank radio calls so cruel and pointless ,

INeedThatForkOff Fri 07-Dec-12 16:27:00

Is there really no end to the forelock tugging that this country will perform to people who by accident of birth/marriage are more privileged than anyone has the right to be?

I think anyone at the centre of such a tragedy deserves sympathy tbh. So yes, poor Kate. It was the media that made such a fucking issue of it, not her afaik.

Sallyingforth Fri 07-Dec-12 16:27:13

I don't know the laws in Australia but here in the UK it is a criminal offence to obtain confidential personal information by deception.

The journos should be prosecuted.

Seabird72 Fri 07-Dec-12 16:27:50

It was a prank not meant in a malicious way BUT people really should think before playing jokes on others - you have no idea how fragile people can be and how one person might just brush it off and someone else not - the poor woman doesn't need to have had any other problems in her life or mental health issues (if she did how did she manage to hold down the job in the first place without anyone being concerned). I think she was terrified of the fallout of this and always being remembered as the person who put the call through to the nurses in the first place (the nurse would probably have said that as far as she was concerned the call was genuine and that it was the receptionist's job to identify the call as genuine) - we're told that the hospital were supportive - we don't know that for sure and she might have feared that spokepeople for the Royal Family would put pressure on the hospital to have her punished in some way, risking her job. It's a terrible terrible story - they say appears to be suicide but if not then it's a very odd that it just happens the same week that this goes down.

Cartoonjane Fri 07-Dec-12 16:29:02

Surely what really got to the poor woman wasn't the prank call itself but the publicity about it and what has been said and written about it and her. So AGAIN the bloody media!

NeedlesCuties Fri 07-Dec-12 16:29:29

I second what SolidGold and marchwillbe said.

Bakingnovice Fri 07-Dec-12 16:30:18

Poor Kate???!!!! This is not about bloody Kate!

My heart goes out to the nurse her family and friends.

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 07-Dec-12 16:30:45

I think they will have the sense a d decency to resign (I hope)
Yes it was a stunt but they said themselves during the prank 'I can't believe this working' it wouldn't have took a rocket scientist to work out that people working at the hospital were going to get in serious trouble over this, but they still carried on.
Remember this is the same station that was in trouble before about putting out inappropriate things they should have learned their lesson, yes the hospital processes should have ensured security of information was not breached but the radio station should have known better than to air this

Aboutlastnight Fri 07-Dec-12 16:30:47

Yes mumsnet is the media now...

AngryFeet Fri 07-Dec-12 16:31:11

It wasn't the receptionist by the sound of it - it was the actual nurse. She was on duty in the early hours and answered the phone as there was no receptionist there. Very sad but she must have had some underlying mental health issues surely?

marchwillsoonbehere Fri 07-Dec-12 16:31:22

I take your point forkoff and of course I bear Kate no ill will at all, but my point is that what she is or isn't feeling is hardly the hot issue here., and I can't belive taht anyone would expend any energy empathising with her in this case.

You are absolutely right though, they probablt thought it was funny, as Chaz obviously did.

Anyway I am now going to attempt to let that poor nurse rest in peace, My opinion really doesn't matter.

SoWhatIfImWorkingClass Fri 07-Dec-12 16:31:24

Those DJs should be ashamed of themselves, and, put more harshly, feel responsible for the poor nurse taking her own life.


Tailtwister Fri 07-Dec-12 16:32:07

I've just read this. What devastating news. I don't really know what to say apart from my sympathy goes to everyone involved. Of course we don't know the full details, but if it was linked to the prank call then that poor nurse must have felt incredible pressure.

diddl Fri 07-Dec-12 16:33:09

The call was answered & then put through to someone else, wasn´t it?

FivesGoldNorks Fri 07-Dec-12 16:33:43

what about the producer? Was this really up to the DJs?

MightTinge Fri 07-Dec-12 16:36:09

Of course poor nurse and her family. Thats why I stated my emotions to that in the OP And should the DJ be sacked for it.

My very first though was to the poor woman and then I hear she has children. Her family, its utterly tragic.

Later on, I thought of Kate. Not as a royal but as a pregnant woman, feeling like shit and having this on her plate. Id hate any one of you to have this kind of news to cope with.

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Fri 07-Dec-12 16:37:08

The call was listened to by lawyers of the radio station, and the DJ's were given the go ahead to play it. They are not responsible for someone taking their life (if that is what has happened).

It is tragic, but it is not their fault. Radio stations do pranks all the time, personally i think these should be banned, then there will be no question of responsibility.

FivesGoldNorks Fri 07-Dec-12 16:38:21

Well it's not just the lawyers, who dreamt it up in the first place and added it to the schedule?

PumpkinPositive Fri 07-Dec-12 16:40:15

I thought the DJs milking of the incident after the fact was a lot more tedious and disasteful than the rather on-the-hoof prank itself, especially when they realised the amount of scrutiny the ordinary, very unfamous nurse was being publicly subjected to.

This incident has potentially car crash implications for the DJs and their producers beyond the mere (inevitable?) cancellation of their show too. I feel rather sorry for everyone concerned.

Surprised it's taking the radio station so long to release a statement.

SilverBaubles33 Fri 07-Dec-12 16:40:38

Actually, the DJs are not to blame at all. This was a silly prank with no real malice attached to it

I've known three people who've killed themselves, and they were absolutely, silently, grimly determined to do so. One had three children. It was devastating.

It is always easier to look for reasons or blame in these tragic circumstances, but please let's remember they played a silly trick. They didn't go to her house and actually kill her.

It was a tragedy. But it was also ultimately that poor lady's decision.

FivesGoldNorks Fri 07-Dec-12 16:41:41

Just because they didn't actually kill her doesn't mean they bear no responsibility for her death
(assuming this is suicide)

meditrina Fri 07-Dec-12 16:41:42

They cannot state it is suicide at present: only the Coroner can determine that. But the 'code' used in the BBC report is the normal one for when the authorities have clear reason to consider it suicide but have to await formalities.

Chubfuddler Fri 07-Dec-12 16:41:48

Of course ones first thoughts are with the nurse concerned and her family. And she must have been fragile for her to be driven to do this - if it is in fact suicide. But I'd be pretty upset if someone who had made a mistake in my care committed suicide. Anyone would be.

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Fri 07-Dec-12 16:41:48

Obviously its not just the lawyers, the point is that it has obviously been ok'd by several people before it has been aired, meaning that the DJ's aren't the only ones responsible, however everyone is gunning for them and not anyone else.

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