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NHS apologises to family of junior doctor who died by suicide

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 15 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q414
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The head of medical training at NHS England has apologised to the family of a junior doctor who died by suicide after being wrongly told that she would have to undergo a further six months’ training at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Vaishnavi Kumar was 35 when she died in June 2022, after writing in a note to her mother that the working environment at the hospital, run by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, “just broke me.” An inquest into her death heard that she had told her parents she felt belittled by consultants and began to …

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