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Hanged GP 'under pressure at work'

A GP who committed suicide last November was under tremendous pressure at work, an inquest has heard.

Dr Nicholas Fenner, 47, a GP in Flintshire, was found hanged at his home in

Gwernymynydd, near Mold.

Dr Fenner's wife, Elizabeth, told the inquest in north Wales: 'I realised, looking back, that he had to cope with a lot of stress and pressure.'

Practice manager Myra Davies found Dr Fenner dead after he had failed to turn up for morning surgery and she was unable to contact him.

A post-mortem examination found there was no alcohol and only a therapeutic amount of paracetamol in his blood.

Recording a verdict of suicide, north-east Wales coroner John Hughes said: 'In my experience and estimation he was a good doctor and the sort of person a community could ill afford to lose.'

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