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Popular Devon junior doctor Rebecca Ovenden found dead at home

A “much-loved” junior doctor who posted on social media about the pressures of working in an A&E department has been found dead at her home.

Dr Rebecca Ovenden, 32, was found by her husband at home in Plymouth, Devon at 09:25 BST on 28 March.

She had a history of mental health issues and had previously attempted to take her own life, an inquest heard.

Dr Ovenden is the third female junior doctor who has died or gone missing in the south west of England in a year.

An inquest into her death was opened at Plymouth Coroner’s Court on Monday and adjourned for a fuller hearing at a later date.

In 2016 the family of Dr Rose Polge, 25, called for action to halt the “crisis” affecting trainee doctors after she went missing during a junior doctors’ strike and took her own life.

Dr Lauren Phillips, who works for North Bristol NHS Trust, has been missing since 23 February. The 26-year-old’s car was found in Woolacombe, Devon, five days later but no other traces of her have been found.

Read more at BBC Health.

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