The funeral of Royal hoax call nurse, Jacintha Saldhana, will take place today in her home village of Shirva, India. Her heartbroken husband and children will lay Jacintha to rest in her home country. This weekend there was a special church service for Jacintha and listening to her husband speak briefly about his wife it was easy to see that the man was truly heartbroken. Death is hard for a loved one, but worse still when it is due to an act of violence or suicide. Even though Jacintha left three "suicide" notes the full reasons behind her suicide may never be known.
There has been much speculation about the cause of her death and the blame has been laid at many doors. Today an article in the Huffington Post has claimed that one of the suicide notes blamed other staff at the hospital who had been critical. Last week it was widely reported that one of the notes involved the staff but details were not revealed.
The Huff Post cites the source of their report as the Guardian, a British publication. Acoording to the report one note left details of her funeral plans, one referred to the hoax call and the final one criticised the hospital staff.
Speculation is not really productive. Having worked in a hospital for quite a few years I know the "caring" profession of nurses is not always that. Management teams can be brutal and in the case of a Royal patient's security being breeched who can tell what the official response of the hospital would have been.
Of course criticising individuals and the way they reacted is not propductive either. If we continue to do so there could be more people stressed and pushed to their mental limit.
The Hospital were quick to send forth a spokesperson after Jacintha's suicide who was adamant that she had faced no threat of a disciplinary action and was being supported. That may or may not be the case. Sometimes it is a co worker who will humiliate a colleague by continually attacking them. We shall probably never know.
We have to accept that Jacintha's cultural differences to some of her colleagues and her own state of mind may have meant that she acted irrationally. If she had any mental health issues the incident may have pushed her over the edge.
The lesson needs to be learned. Poking fun at a person and playing pranks is not always funny. Not when you are the butt of the joke and you do not know the people. They have no idea what your tipping point is and what is going on in your life. You could have been recently bereaved, just back at wotk on a phased return following a period of depression or any number of problems could be affecting you. Making the phone call in the middle of the night would have meant that the nursing staff were vulnerable, that is common sense.
Rest in pace Jacintha, thoughts with the family