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Junior doctor found dead at hospital



A junior doctor was found dead at a hospital where he worked after he reportedly killed himself.

The unnamed medic, a man in his 30s, is understood to have been discovered in the doctors’ academy building at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton on Monday night.

Colleagues were first on the scene before police were called, Somerset Live reports.

The sudden death has been referred to a coroner.

The Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust said it had been supporting the man before his death but is now asking the question if this support was all that we could possibly have given.

A message reportedly sent to staff said the junior doctor had apparently taken his own life.

The email from Chief executive Dr Sam Barrell and his deputy Peter Lewis, posted on the Health Service Journal , said: It is our very sad task to tell you the distressing news that one of our junior doctors died at the hospital late last night, apparently taking his own life.

We know the whole hospital will be shocked and greatly saddened by this news.

We are very grateful to colleagues who led the initial response last night.

The circumstances, as is usual, will be investigated by the police.

Please know that we are putting in place longer term support for any colleague who might wish for it. Our door is open to all.

The man was found at around 11pm on Monday.

The Health Service Journal also reported the doctor was found in the hospital’s academy building.

It added: It is understood he was being supported by the trust for personal problems.

In a statement yesterday (August 1) Dr Barrell said: We are terribly upset by the death of our colleague and we are doing everything we can to support his family and close friends at this time.

They have our heartfelt sympathies.

We were aware that our colleague needed some support, and we were providing him with this.

Obviously, we are asking ourselves if this support was all that we could possibly have given. We are taking a very close look at this.

In the meantime, we are doing everything we are able to support our colleagues who worked with him.

Police said: We were called to reports of the body of a man in his 30s being found on July 31 at about 11pm at Musgrove Park Hospital.

The death has been referred to the coroner as a sudden death.


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