CLINICAL GOVERNANCE - REVISITING SUICIDE AMONGST DOCTRS IN NIGERIA - What is happening? - Health Resource International West Africa (HRI)

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Monday, 5 June 2017

CLINICAL GOVERNANCE - REVISITING SUICIDE AMONGST DOCTRS IN NIGERIA - What is happening?



Dear All,

We read the BMJ Editorial below on 'suicide amongst junior doctors', and it occured to us in our centre that only a few months ago the same matter apperaed to be of major national concern in
Nigeria, judging by the wide media coverage, Government pronouncements and so on. Today, we ask what has hapened to all that concern in official quarters? Is the nation waiting for another set of suiced cases before more official angst is expressed OR is action being taken behind the scene to confirm the remote and contemporary causes of suicides amongst doctors in Nigeria, and what will be done about it?

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'Editorials
Suicides among junior doctors in the NHS
BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2527 (Published 26 May 2017)Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2527
1.       Rachel Clarke, specialty doctor in palliative medicine1,
2.       Martin McKee, professor of European public health2
1.      Correspondence to: M McKee martin.mckee@lshtm.ac.uk
Suicide should be included among work related causes of death
On 12 February 2016, Rose Polge, a foundation doctor at Torbay Hospital in south west England, disappeared.1 Her body was found in the sea almost two months later. At the inquest, the coroner concluded that she had taken her own life by walking into the sea.
Her death attracted media attention, partly because it occurred at the height of the junior doctors’ dispute over their new contract, but also because she had expressed concern about the pressures in the NHS, leaving a note that mentioned the secretary of state, Jeremy Hunt. Polge’s mother linked her daughter’s suicide directly to her conditions of work, stating on her Just Giving page: “Exhaustion because of long hours, work related anxiety, despair at her future in medicine and the news of the imposition of the new contract on junior doctors (announced [the day before Rose died]) were definite contributors to this awful and final decision.”''

Joseph Ana.

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