David Cameron pays tribute to royal hoax nurse, Jacintha Saldanha
THE Prime Minister has paid tribute to the Bristol nurse who is believed to have killed herself after a hoax call to her hospital.
Jacintha Saldanha, who lived in Southmead but worked in King Edward VII Hospital, London, was found dead last Friday, three days after she was duped by two Australian radio DJs posing as Royals while pregnant Kate Middleton was at the hospital suffering severe morning sickness.
At Prime Minister's Question Time today, David Cameron paid tribute to Ms Saldanha and said MPs' sympathies and condolences would be with her family.
He told the Commons: "She clearly loved her job, loved her work, cared deeply about the health of her patients and what has happened is a complete tragedy. There will be many lessons that need to be learned."
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The result of a post mortem examination was due to be released at the opening of the inquest into her death tomorrow.
The procedures to establish the cause of mum-of-two Ms Saldanha's death began yesterday and concluded today, but its result will not be officially announced until a hearing at Westminster Coroner's Court.
Ms Saldanha's family are expected to receive more than £320,000 from Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), the parent company of Sydney station 2Day FM, whose presenters were behind the prank call.
During the hoax, Ms Saldanha transferred DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, believing they were the Queen and Prince of Wales, to a colleague who described in detail the condition of the Duchess of Cambridge during her hospital treatment.
Ms Saldanha, 46, would have been devastated by her unwitting role in the hoax, her brother said later.
She was found, reportedly hanged, three days later in a block of nurses' flats close to the hospital.
Ms Saldanha's death is not being treated as suspicious. She leaves husband Benedict Barboza, daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16.
SCA has resumed advertising on 2Day FM and until the end of the year all profits from the adverts will be donated to a memorial fund established in aid of Ms Saldanha's husband and children.
A minimum contribution of £320,000 will be made, the company said.
The hospital has also established a memorial fund in Ms Saldanha's name to provide financial support for her family.
It is understood the family are making arrangements to return Ms Saldanha's body to her native India. A private memorial service is expected to be held later this week.