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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Nothing funny about prank call fall-out

BAD humour has a habit of going terribly wrong. Pranks and practical jokes rely on causing their victims pain.

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There is now no place in todays society for thes eso called pranks.We now live in the world of the blame culture.Some of you may say there was no harm intended.Well sadly there is harm due to people not thinking "what if".Breaches of security in all walks of life may seem a jolly good jape.But what happens to the guy or gal who has been tricked or caught out through no fault of their own.I will tell you loss of job,loss of pension,loss of home and then to cap it all marrage break up I know I've seen it.I really hope there is some sort of criminal charges that can be brought against this pair of cretins the least not being manslughter.

Posted by Barrow Lad on 19 December 2012 at 07:32

In hindsight it was a terrible mistake that they're going to have to live with for the rest of their lives but I do have sympathy with them...for reasons for taking your own life this must be up there with the most pointless of reasons and she must've been in a fragile state to begin with... are they to blame for her death? it's a tough one to answer, did they kill her? NO would she still be alive if the prank never happened? POSSIBLY... What I would like to know regardless of "their support of the family" is what was the hospitals role in all this cos I'm sure they never just said "Oh it's ok don't worry about it" I have family members who work within the NHS and even FGH (who the mail slaughter at every oppertunity) have strict protocol when asking for information on family members or friends... you need a passcode that's agreed with the patient and family so surely the Royal family would have a similar protocol

Posted by barrowboy78 on 13 December 2012 at 07:31

In hindsight this action was clearly wrong - but I accept that nobody could have predicted the consequences. However the action that really should be questioned and should be illegal (perhaps it already is?) is broadcasting the call without the participants permission. Had the radio station sought permission and not played the clip until all parties agreed, then the hospital and Jacintha could have refused to give permission and avoided some of terrible feelings of guilt and embarassment. Slipping on a banana skin is bad enough, but knowing that the whole world are being entertained by your slip multiplies the pain so much more. Refusal to broadcast any immature and unethical silliness would reduce the potency of any prank and soon render this sort of action a waste of time. Giving those involved a chance to say no on this occasion may have been enough to save a life.

Posted by Jimmy on 13 December 2012 at 06:51

Amazing truly, amazing how some people can form a 'set in stone opinion' of what may have transpired based on the ramblings of the gutter press whose members have kept this families anguish flowing through their sewer publications for days on end... except I'm wrong.
It's not amazing at all it's what passes for 'informed opinion' in today's mainstream media which is proving itself to be the modern naked emperor.
Shame on the journalists and editors who put their opinions ahead of the truly mind numbing anguish this lady's family must be feeling.

Posted by Tony on 11 December 2012 at 20:44

Human impact aside, what they did should be illegal. One of the noblest commonly held opinions in this country is that the time of a person whose duty is to help the citizens is worth more than one who is not and I am so pround to say that it is reflected in laws such as wasting police time and the illegality of making falso calls to the emergancy services. This action should fall under these laws and should be legislated against. The practical moral argument for it is greater than that for existing laws so logically it should be put in place: By making false claims to 999 services illegal you run the risk of deterring people who have a genuine concern or problem. By making this illegal, you would be upholding no greater moral priciple or eroding no greater personal freedom; in fact you would be increasing the protection of the individual legislated for in Data Protection Acts. No one has the right to waste a nurse's time, or to demean them and not to give them such protection is to ask them to take on an extra role as some sort of telephone security guard - a role which is hardly reflected in their pay. I am very suprised that a campaign calling for this has not come about and I am disappointed that our Members of Parliament are not calling for such changes to be made.

Posted by Anonymous on 11 December 2012 at 19:00

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