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'Suicide' GP had nowhere to turn

A confidential occupational therapy service to help stressed GPs was recently withdrawn from the region where Dr Dawn Harris was found hanged last week.

Depression due to stress and a belief she was unable to do enough to help patients were blamed for the death of the Bolton GP.

Bolton LMC said GPs in the Greater Manchester area had access to a psychiatric consultant at Cheadle Royal private hospital until 18 months ago, but the service was withdrawn by the health authority.

LMC secretary Dr Tim Isaac said GPs no longer had a safety-net. 'It's now more difficult to refer colleagues to confidential services. When it comes to the ill-health of doctors you need to be able to get expertise from outside the area.' The PCT is considering a link with the occupational therapy service for social services staff.

Dr Harris's husband Michael Churchill said his wife had become depressed because of the stress of the job.

l'I ignored stress', page 32

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