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Junior doctor Rose Polge took her own life

A junior doctor who killed herself at the time of a strike by colleagues had doubts over continuing in the profession, an inquest has heard.

The body of Rose Polge, 25, who worked at Torbay Hospital in Devon, was found in the sea east of Portland Bill headland on 1 April.

The coroner concluded Dr Polge took her own life by walking into the sea.

Speaking after the inquest Dr Polge’s family called for action to halt the “crisis” affecting trainee doctors.

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Dr Polge had been “afraid of working the weekend” after working five days of an 11-day stretch, the inquest at Torquay heard.

‘Very capable’

Her boyfriend of five years, Dr Alasdair Hawley, said she woke him in a “distressed” state on 12 February, the morning she went missing.

He said: “I know she was struggling at work with perceived self-doubts. But feedback was that she was progressing well and was actually very capable.”

Dr Polge left her shift at Torbay Hospital early after concerns were raised about her wellbeing and she saw a supervisor.

South Devon coroner Ian Arrow said he was satisfied Dr Polge “died of drowning or hypothermia by immersion in water”.

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