Nowhere has dared to say directly that the one thing precipitated the other.....though many in the media have suggested this simply by reporting the two facts together.
Curiouser and curiouser. Yet another aspect of this tragedy has not been aired in the press, or, as far as I can see, any medium that may be subject to legal penalty (see my post no.14, para 3).
The hospital, although wholly engaged in health services, is in the end a highly lucrative business. Just as is the radio station that still (at the moment) employs the presenters who made the ill-fated call. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s clients, sorry, patients, are drawn from royalty, the extremely wealthy, and the globally famous and privileged. Nothing wrong with that, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a market for everything and if you can afford the cost of avoiding the vagaries of the NHS that we all know and cherish, and the associated lack of privacy, then why not? When you are ill, you are ill and all you want is to get better as quickly as possible.
But, if I were a prospective patient there and I became aware that my scarily expensive privacy and confidentiality might be at the mercy of the first person that happened to pass a ringing telephone, without the intervention of trained staff who could avoid a catastrophic lapse in security, I just might consider alternative centres of medical excellence. The legal, financial, and establishment lawyers available as discouragement to any attacks on the management of such a place are poised and bristling. And, of course, the sadly late Mrs. Saldanha had absolutely no responsibility or culpability for any such lapse in security. The CEO and the chairman of the business made a serious and controlled statement on the hospital steps concerning the basic chain of events, leaving the world prematurely to guess at the rest, which of course it has proceeded to do.
So, we are free to speculate. But not, I think, to draw conclusions or make accusations against any of those involved. Mrs. SaldanhaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s surviving family must dread opening the newspaper or using the internet.