A “talented” junior doctor who had spoken about the pressures of working in an A&E department has been found dead at her home.
Rebecca Ovenden, 32, who worked for Devon Air Ambulance and Derriford Hospital in Plymouth was found by her husband Paul after concern was raised for her welfare. Police are not treating her death as suspicious.
Dr Ovenden is the third female junior doctor to have gone missing or been found dead in Devon in little over a year.
Last year Rose Polge, 25, took her own life after leaving a note that referenced health secretary Jeremy Hunt. And Dr Lauren Phillips, 26, has been missing for five weeks since she reportedly became “depressed” at the state of the NHS.
In a post that was shared 38,000 times on Facebook in November 2015, Dr Ovenden had shared details about the pressure of working in A&E.
She wrote of hearing a patient’s relative complaining about having to wait for four hours.
“Please don’t complain in earshot of your health care professional about waiting four hours to be seen in the middle of the night, free of charge by a doctor, with a smile on their face who has not been rude to you, who has reassured you, when the reason it took four hours to see you was because they were trying to save the life of an elderly man who had not wanted to make a fuss about a cold when he was dying of a raging chest infection,” she wrote.
“Be thankful of the service you get at the moment, no matter how crappy you might think it is. You never know when you or a loved one might need it.”
It may not be around in its current form for much longer. Then what would you say?”