Wokingham GP husband blames NHS workload for his death
The husband of a GP who took his own life last week has blamed the ‘unbearable pressure’ of work for his death.
Dr Gail Milligan’s husband said there was no doubt his work led to his suicide.
The body of the 47-year-old mother-of-two was found in a forest in Bracknell, 24 hours after she went missing.
Her husband Christopher Milligan posted a moving tribute in which he described the huge workload she faced and wanted to make doctors aware of the pressures she was under.
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In the Facebook post he allowed to share, he said, “This is such a sad waste of a wonderful, beautiful, funny and absolutely bananas wife, mother and doctor.”
Four days a week, she left for work at 6:45 a.m. and returned at 8 p.m., where she worked until he forced her to fall asleep at 11 p.m.
On Thursdays off, she worked 12 hours from home.
Her jobs have increased during the pandemic, working at a vaccination center and a nursing home, where she has seen many elderly people die.
She was also responsible for training three GPs and an HR role in her practice.
He recounted the same workload all weekend, not even having time to walk his dog, and said: “Next time you hear someone talk about lazy doctors, please , stop and think about what happened to my wife.”
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He claimed her workload at Camberley Health Centre, Surrey, had pushed her into a dark place.
He said: “She went to a forest, ducked into it where she would be almost impossible to find and killed herself in the most shocking way.”
According to Thames Valley Police, Dr Milligan, from Wokingham, was reported missing at 11pm on Wednesday July 27 and her body was found 24 hours later near Foresters Way, Bracknell.
Mr Milligan added: “It was not a cry for help, it was clearly the only way for her to see an end to her suffering. If you knew my wife you know how bad this all was. far from normal for her.
“Looking back, talking to her friends and family, I think she had been hiding it for years, while helping other people deal with their mental health, she neglected her own.”
He continued: “My boys and I are broken. Especially me. I don’t think I’ll ever be the same again.
“There just aren’t enough GPs to cope, and now there’s one less. An hour after finding out Gail was dead, I had to take our dog to put her to sleep.
“Aggressive cancer had torn her apart at a breakneck pace.”
Thames Valley Police are treating the death as unexpected but not suspicious.
Superintendent Helen Kenny, Commanding Officer of Bracknell and Wokingham said: “Very sadly after a thorough search we have located the body of a woman.
“We offer our support to his loved ones and, on behalf of Thames Valley Police, I send our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”