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Kate Middleton Nurse Suicide

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12/8/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1207-kate-middleton-radio-gettyThe suicide of the London nurse who was "pranked" by two Australian radio DJs has incited outrage from around the globe. So, we gotta ask …


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When I first heard about the nurse's suicide I became outraged. Prior to this, when the recording by the radio station was first made public, truthfully I found it humorous. I then began to look at the situation with a measure of objectivity.
I am not sure regarding privacy laws in Great Britain, but the US has HIPPA which is taken very seriously by health care workers due to the stiff fines and the general idea that there should be respect for individual's privacy, at least with regard to health records (it's the law.)
It has been the case, as related to me, that people will sometimes call health care facilities looking for information on a patient and misrepresent their identities (news agencies, non-family members, etc.) to obtain this information. It is now standard practice to ask a patient on admission who the hospital can release information to regarding the patients condition.
In the case of the unfortunate suicide, the blame does not rest on the shoulders of the DJ's in my opinion. The blame rests possibly on the hospital administration if they did not train the nurse properly with regard to the release of information. Ultimately, it is the nurse herself who is responsible for her actions in deciding to commit suicide, and as I believe that she had children, should have considered the effect of that act on them as well. I sincerely believe that there were other factors which led to her suicide (possible depression,etc.). It is a tragic event by all accounts, but I feel that you really cannot blame the DJ's for the nurse's actions, it was a stupid prank with dire consequences.
Jim Breath, RN

684 days ago


It is a dreadfully horrific thing to have happen, but now with all this criticism the two radio hosts could drive themselves to do something similar.
The blame does not lay with the DJs.
Has anyone stopped to think what the hospital may have said to this woman after the incident, considering it was 3 days before she took her life.
Perhaps they are partially responsible.

683 days ago

Chioke Hassan    

I think it was drugs that did it.

Chioke Hassan

675 days ago
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