Kate Middleton

Hospital defends response to hoax call

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 December, 2012, 5:20am

The London hospital that treated Prince William's wife Kate defended yesterday its response to the hoax call storm following reports that the nurse duped by the prank left a suicide note criticising colleagues.

Indian-born nurse Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged a week ago, days after taking a call at King Edward VII's hospital from two Australian radio presenters posing as Queen Elizabeth and William's father Prince Charles. She had transferred the call to another nurse who revealed details of Kate's severe morning sickness.

The Guardian reported that one of three notes left by Saldanha had criticised hospital staff.

The hospital says it offered support to Saldanha and had stressed to her that she would not be disciplined for falling victim to the prank.

"Following the hoax call, hospital management offered her their support and told her they considered her the victim of a cruel hoax," the hospital said. "They stood by her actions, and made it clear there was no criticism of her, and that there would be no disciplinary action of any kind."

Australian police said death threats have been made against Michael Christian and Mel Greig, the DJs from Sydney's 2Day FM radio station who made the call. The presenters remain off air and have not been seen since making tearful apologies on Monday.