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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.


NetworkGuy Fri 07-Dec-12 18:35:53

SDT - I suspect a second apology from the DJs and the station, this time with the Managing Director involved too.

MaryMungoAndMidgies Fri 07-Dec-12 18:36:37

So sad. Night shifts can sometimes play havoc with a person's health, physically and mentally. I'm sure it's a stressful enough job at times without having to deal with extra problems. Unnecessary problems at that.

Poor, poor woman.

manicinsomniac Fri 07-Dec-12 18:36:49

Possibly they should lose their jobs for the act itself but not for its possible end result, that wasn't their fault.

I can't believe this was a suicide though. A tragic coincidence surely. Unless there's far more to the story that we don't know re the woman's mental health or hounding from employers or colleagues .

I can't buy that a goin healthy professional with little children would kill herself over an innocent mistake that had no damaging consequences for anyone and that she wasn't even in trouble over.

More to the story or not suicide in my opinion. Regardless, I feel for all concerned including the DJs

amothersplaceisinthewrong Fri 07-Dec-12 18:36:54

Why weren't all calls for Kate screened properly. The hospital is at fault here....

amothersplaceisinthewrong Fri 07-Dec-12 18:38:32

I agree with Manic, there is more to this than we are being told in some way. Maybe this mistake was the straw that broke the camels back.

FivesGoldNorks Fri 07-Dec-12 18:40:18

But so what if she had problems relating to mental health? Why is it OK to assume everyone you come into contact with is totally healthy and push them to the brink?

CleverClod Fri 07-Dec-12 18:41:40

There's an awful lot of shit being said on this thread - shame on you all.

Rest in peace Jacintha, you carried a heavy burden

To your children, be proud of your mother she cared too much.

katykuns Fri 07-Dec-12 18:43:25

ChippingInAWinterWonderland - Although bosses are also at fault for allowing this... I would expect to lose my job for committing such a stupid act. I would take personal responsibility frankly... but then again I wouldn't do something that I knew would cause trouble for someone just trying to do their job...

NetworkGuy Fri 07-Dec-12 18:45:07

Looks like the radio station website ( ) is down.

Had been hoping to see some form of apology on the front page, but maybe it has been 'hacked' as a warning (to other stations), or something...

ChippingInAWinterWonderland Fri 07-Dec-12 18:46:36

Katy - I suspect you might feel differently if you worked in a radio station.

victoriaplum01 Fri 07-Dec-12 18:47:14

Fired or not, if the poor woman committed suicide because of this "joke," the DJs should carry the weight of her death on their consciences for the rest of their lives.

toobreathless Fri 07-Dec-12 18:48:47

Personally I would like to see them go, a resignation might be the most dignified option.

That poor nurse and her family.

NetworkGuy Fri 07-Dec-12 18:49:47

Just coming up to 6am in Australia, so I'm going to listen to see if they have a news broadcast... radio coming through OK on my Android phone.

katykuns Fri 07-Dec-12 18:49:54

Perhaps Chipping... maybe that's the problem, they should surely be MORE careful of what they do, when they are in a position they can do things publicly.

Whistlingwaves Fri 07-Dec-12 18:49:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Cozy9 Fri 07-Dec-12 18:51:50

I think someone from the royals entourage should be handling all phone calls regarding Kate to the hospital.

Pantofino Fri 07-Dec-12 18:51:57

There was a thread on MN saying the nurse should be sacked?????? I did not see this - but I bloody hope poor Jacintha was not a MNetter. sad

AnnieMated Fri 07-Dec-12 18:53:13

It's as bad as every journalist (rightly) persecuted as part of the Leveson enquiry for phone hacking. This was an act on the part of these DJ's to get information they weren't allowed to have, pure and simple, and now look at the ramifications. Get rid of them and MASSIVELY fine the radio station resppnsible for hiring them in the first place. Their fine should go to the unit Kate stayed in at the hospital or to the family of this poor lady. Shocking.

NowBringUsSomeFriggyPudding Fri 07-Dec-12 18:56:31

I can't believe so many mums are not more sympathetic, this is such a tragedy, if the djs had not gone so far, this would not have been such a big deal. They could have stopped any time, the radio station could have cut short the broadcast (it was recorded). To blame the royals is madness. The nurses made a mistake, lessons were learned and no harm done. But media hype resulted in this. So sad. They should hand at least enough respect to apologise, resign and disappear.

WhereYouLeftIt Fri 07-Dec-12 18:58:07

A phrase floated to my mind when I heard this on the radio - "It's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye." sad

I agree with whoever said this was not a prank against the royal family but against the hospital and its staff. And for that reason alone, it should never have happened. Could that radio station really not foresee that airing this would have consequences? Not death, but certainly they must have anticipated that the staff they pranked would be disciplined and hounded by the media? And the DJs do bear responsibility IMO (as do the producer, lawyers etc). As has already been pointed out "just following orders" won't wash. And especially after that incident with the 14 year old, they cannot claim that there's never been a problem with any of their previous pranks.

"I can't believe this was a suicide though. A tragic coincidence surely. Unless there's far more to the story that we don't know re the woman's mental health or hounding from employers or colleagues."
Sadly, I can believe it. Put yourself into her shoes. She has been humiliated in front of a vast number of people. Her professionalism called into question. Her career possibly damaged irrevocably. The media undoubtedly hounding and doorstepping her. Even with the hospital claiming to support her, there would have been individuals expressing, at the very least, exasperation (if not outright contempt) for 'allowing herself to be fooled so easily'. Which might lerad her to believe sacking or being struck off was inevitable. And the media interest being ongoing. That is a terrible, terrible burden for someone who takes pride in their nursing. So terrible. sad

Chubfuddler Fri 07-Dec-12 18:58:33

Sky news reporting the djs pulled off air until further notice.

MrsMuddyPuddles Fri 07-Dec-12 18:59:24

Sadly, nothing is going to happen, though I'd love to see radio station pranks ended. Nothing happened after the woman in the US "held her wee for a wii" died from drinking too much water, why should anything happen from this?

Mrsjay Fri 07-Dec-12 19:00:44

Sky news reporting the djs pulled off air until further notice.

good perhaps this will end all those terrible prank shows, I really dont think they are to blame as such but they did it without thinking except the laughs and radio listeners

Whistlingwaves Fri 07-Dec-12 19:07:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RedToothbrush Fri 07-Dec-12 19:16:35

I can't bear prank calls on the radio or similar stunts on tv.

Someone is always a target/victim. So by this very nature it is bullying pure and simple.

In this case, Kate was the target, but it doesn't take a genius to work out if they were successful, then there was a strong possibility that someone would face disciplinary action or it would cause distress to the Royals.

In either case the radio station in question should have the book thrown at them. Both the DJs and the producers concerned.

Unfortunately the results of their actions ended up with even worse consequences than what was forseeable. They have to take full responsibility though because it is fair and reasonable to say that they could forsee several negative outcomes (mentioned above) and those seem to have directly led to this tragic outcome and without their actions this would not have happened.

Thats the bottom line. I hope this has well and truly wiped the smile off everyone who laughed at this. The fact a royal was involved shouldn't make you feel differently. It could have been a hollywood actress. It could have been a suspected murderer. It makes not a jot of difference. Trying to illicit medical details is not acceptable under any circumstances what so ever whether it be for humour or otherwise.

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