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Junior doctor found dead at work at Musgrove Park Hospital – suicide suspected

A junior doctor has reportedly committed suicide at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital, where he worked.

Police were called in to investigate after a man’s body was found on Monday night.

It is not believed that the death of the junior doctor, who was in his 30s, is being treated as suspicious.

The death has been reported to the coroner and an inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned.

A message to staff yesterday from trust chief executive Sam Barrell and deputy chief executive Peter Lewis 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.”

A drop-in centre with trust executives and senior medical staff has been set up, as well as a gathering point for junior doctors to meet and talk.

A book of condolence has been opened in the trust’s chapel.

The junior doctor’s name is yet to be released.

Dr Stuart Walker, medical director at Musgrove Park, said: “Our heartfelt sympathies are with our colleague’s family and close friends.

“We are doing all we can to support them, and our staff, at this deeply distressing time.”

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