compl3x, on 08 December 2012 - 03:45, said:
I'm not saying the DJs in this situations weren't douches, radio DJs here in Aus are all pretty much childish *******s, but to kill yourself is a complete over-reaction.
The media shouldn't get too self-righteous in all this, though. Since the pregnancy was announced, the media has been a complete circus over this issue. "OMG is it twins? What will the names be? 8-1 odds it will be a natural birth vs. C-section! Look at the royal baby-bump! (one of my most hated of words). Blah blah blah. Their fanatical reaction isn't that much better than what these DJs did.
I agree that the media don't really have a right to pick on the DJs, since the UK media is currently being forced to set up a regulatory body because it doesn't respect the law.
I doubt that this incident alone was the cause of the suicide. It certainly wouldn't have helped matters, but pair it with something like depression or another mental illness and it's certainly plausible that someone would take their own life over something like this. Not that I'd have any experience in such matters.
mokthraka, on 08 December 2012 - 03:54, said:
lets clear some stuff up, because there is a huge amount of BS in this thread.
First off, she wasn't facing any disciplinary action, at all. The Royal Family even told hospital managment they didn't want her to face any repercussions. Second off, she didn't disclose any information about anyone. all she did was transfer the call to the ward where Kate Middleton was staying. Thats it, nothing more, nothing less.
Doctors and Nurses have some of the highest suicide rates out of any profession.
Yeah, she wasn't facing disciplinary action at the time
, but as a former NHS employee I guarantee you that there'd have been an investigation, and she could have taken a lot of the blame. They take DP
seriously, even when the patient doesn't make a formal complaint. I worked in an administrative area, and whenever I received a phone call asking for patient information, the standard response was "I'm afraid I can't give out patient information over the telephone, but I can provide you with the email address for our Freedom of Information officer if it's a FOI request". I'd presume that there'd be a similar procedure for handling patient enquiries over the phone in the clinical areas too.
Do I think she's to blame? Probably not as much as the person that actually gave the information, but she certainly shouldn't have put the call through, and we don't know what was said between deceased and the nurse that actually gave out the information.
Either way, the DJs should be taking the bulk of the heat here. I hope they never get back on the air. Despicable people abusing people to get ratings. There's consolation in the fact that it's likely the station will have it's broadcast license revoked (again).