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Friday 25 July 2014

Nurse at centre of Kate prank call tragedy left 'suicide note' to family

John Hall

Published 12/12/2012|08:46

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The examination to establish the cause of Jacintha Saldanha's death began on Tuesday (Metropolitan Police/PA)

THE nurse at the centre of the royal hoax phone call scandal left a note for her family, it has been revealed.

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Jacintha Saldanha is thought to have committed suicide after transferring a prank phone call from radio DJs to the ward where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness.



The 46-year-old was the senior duty nurse at the King Edward VII Hospital when two Australian radio presenters called pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles.



The phone call was made at 5:30am on Tuesday last week, before the hospital’s secretary had started work.



Mrs Saldanha’s family today demanded answers from the hospital over the circumstances that led to her death, saying an internal inquiry is not enough.



Her husband Ben Barboza, 49, and their children Junal, 17 and Lisha, 14, have demanded to “know everything”.



Labour MP Keith Vaz, who is representing the family, met the hospital’s chairman Lord Glenarthur to demand a full inquiry into her death.



The chairman of the Commons home affairs committee, said: “What the family need are the full facts.”



Mr Vaz added: “What the chairman of the hospital said to me was that there are inquiries going on in the hospital…That is not sufficient for the family. There are unexplained circumstances. The family want to know everything. All the facts, fully and clearly.”



He went on: “The hospital needs to be more proactive, a full inquiry is needed and the family need to be included in that.”



Mr Barboza, an NHS accountant, and his children live in Bristol, while Mrs Saldanha stayed in staff accommodation at the west London hospital.



Mr Vaz said: “They are a lovely close-knit family, a Catholic family, who will be spending their first Christmas without their mother, and for Ben, without his wife.”



He added: “They were in the dark about the hoax call. They hadn’t watched the news or seen anything about it. They didn’t know they were involved until after Jacintha’s death.”

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