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“Hugely talented” NHS junior doctor killed herself with anaesthetic drugs

A “hugely talented” junior doctor stole drugs from her own A&E department to kill herself.

A coroner said that Rebecca Ovenden, 32, “was better at helping to treat others than she was helping to treat herself”.

She worked at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital and Devon Air Ambulance.

The hearing was told that she secreted vials of drugs from work and hid them at home, and that she had marital problems.

Some were found in one of her slippers and syringes were found in her garage of the home she shared with her marine engineer husband Paul.

The inquest – held yards from the hospital where she worked – was told her husband found her dead in bed at their home one morning in March.

She had inserted a syringe containing a lethal dose of drugs into her body. A post-mortem concluded she died from drug misuse.

She had also left a suicide note in an opened page in a book of medical notes by her bed.

Read more in the Daily Mail.

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