The hospital that Kate Middleton stayed at last week with morning sickness has sent an open letter to Australian radio station 2DayFM after pregnancy nurse Jacintha Saldanha took her own life following a prank call by two DJs.
They have since said they are 'devastated' by the incident.
Lord Glenarthur, Chairman of King Edward VII's Hospital has now spoken out and written a letter to the radio station, where the two presenters made the hoax call last week.
The letter read: “I am writing to protest in the strongest possible terms about the hoax call made from your radio station, 2DayFM, to this hospital last Tuesday. King Edward VII’s Hospital cares for sick people, and it was extremely foolish of your presenters even to consider trying to lie their way through to one of our patients, let alone actually make the call.
"Then to discover that, not only had this happened, but that the call had been pre-recorded and the decision to transmit approved by your station’s management, was truly appalling. The immediate consequence of these premeditated and ill- considered actions was the humiliation of two dedicated and caring nurses who were simply doing their job tending to their patients.
"The longer term consequence has been reported around the world and is, frankly, tragic beyond words.
"I appreciate that you cannot undo the damage which has been done but I would urge you to take steps to ensure that such an incident could never be repeated."
The duo telephoned King Edward VII Hospital in the guise of the Queen and Prince Charles, asking to speak to the pregnant royal. They hadn't anticipated that their plan wouls be so successful, and were surprised to be put through to an on-duty nurse by Jacintha Salanha.
Saldanha answered the phone call at 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday morning and transferred the call through to Kate’s ward. Another nurse then told the giggling DJs, that Kate was about to “get freshened up.”
The mother-of-two was tragically found dead yesterday, in what Scotland Yard is treating as a suicide.
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