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Nurse note on colleagues
- Jacintha calls into question the treatment she received at hospital

London, Dec. 14: Jacintha Saldanha, the Indian nurse who took her own life, was critical of senior colleagues at King Edward VII hospital, according to several reports today.

The hospital’s management has claimed right from the start that it did not reprimand Jacintha after she put through a hoax call from Australia to another nurse looking after the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge.

However, the Mirror has published a very different account today, questioning whether Jacintha was really supported by the hospital in the days and hours prior to her suicide.

She was found hanging and had left three notes.

“Police are in possession of the original notes,” the Mirror said. “However, the family have been provided with transcripts of all three.”

Grieving husband Ben Barboza is understood to want an inquiry into the hospital and an independent probe into the days leading up to her death, according to the paper.

A source close to Jacintha’s family told the Mirror: “One of the letters, which is the longest, deals with the hospital and is critical in its tone. Needless to say, Ben wants a full inquiry into what happened, and he wants to make sure the truth comes out. Within the letter, Jacintha calls into question some of the treatment she received at the hospital.”

Pointing out that Jacintha had written “three emotional notes”, the Mirror said: “In one, the distraught mum-of-two outlines how she struggled to come to terms with the prank call by Mel Greig and Michael Christian to the hospital where the pregnant Kate was being treated for severe morning sickness.”

Jacintha’s third suicide letter is said to be “more of a practical one which deals with the 46-year-old’s funeral arrangements”.

The chairman of the Commons home affairs select committee, Keith Vaz, who has met Jacintha’s family, has been speaking on their behalf — presumably at their behest.

Vaz has written a letter to King Edward VII chief executive John Lofthouse about the tragedy. It contained a reference to comments made by David Cameron that “having the full facts” allows people to come to terms with what has happened.

The campaigning MP wrote: “I have dealt with similar cases in the past and I would agree with the Prime Minister that the family need to get the full facts, from the time she took the call from 2Day FM to the time she was found.”

Cameron paid tribute to Jacintha in the Commons on Wednesday.

He said: “She clearly loved her job, loved her work and cared deeply about the health of her patients and what has happened is a tragedy. There will be many lessons that need to be learnt.”

Vaz said Jacintha’s relatives would hold a memorial service for her in London tomorrow. He did not reveal the venue but said the event would be for “family and friends all over the country” to celebrate her life. It is understood the service will be at Westminster Cathedral.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said: “The hospital has met the family and will continue to support them for as long as is required.”

She added that a senior member of staff has been assigned to “comfort” them.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, reported: “It is believed the nurse’s suicide note has left her grieving family furious, with husband Ben Barboza understood to want an inquiry into the hospital.

“He is also believed to want an independent investigation into what happened in the days leading up to the death of his wife, for whom student nurses in Bangalore, India, held a candlelit vigil overnight.”