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Surrey GP dies after ‘pressure of job finally got to her’, husband shares touching tribute

Written by Javed Iqbal

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Surrey The GP has died after “the pressures of the job finally got to her”, her husband has shared in an emotional online post.

Dr. Gail Milligan’s body was found in the woods after she went missing for 24 hours Wednesday, Christopher Milligan shared on social media.

“Her job as a partner in a medical clinic became overwhelming. Especially during pandemic,” he said.

“We have no doubt that the job made her ill.”

As well as handling patients and deaths during Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Milligan said his wife over 30 years was responsible for training several GPs and worked for numerous medical organisations.

She worked at Camberley Health Center in Surrey.

Sir. Milligan had posted a message about his wife in a private GP online group, but it has since been widely shared on social media.

“The pressure not to make mistakes and the endless emails and paperwork meant that in the last few years of her life she had neglected herself,” he wrote.

He said Gail would often work long hours and her mental health had deteriorated. An email she received on Sunday is what triggered a “deep, deep depression”.

“This was not a cry for help. This was clearly the only way she could see her suffering stop.

“If you knew my wife, you would know how far from normal this was for her. She was so proud of our boys.”

Sir. Milligan had a strong message for anyone who was heard to “beat up about lay doctors”.

“Please stop and think about what happened to my wife,” he urged.

“My boys have lost their mother and I have lost my best friend.”

A private practitioner, Dr. Kartik Modha, tweeted, “Pressed NHS The GPs are under is huge. It requires quick action.”

A notice on the Camberley Health Centre’s website said: “Dr Milligan was a much-loved member of the clinic and will be sorely missed by the staff and patients who she supported and cared for with such dedication.

It added that Dr. Milliagan was “a dedicated and passionate GP and was much loved and respected by patients and colleagues alike. Her commitment and expertise in her various roles across primary care and medical education was evident to all”.

Patients have been invited to post online memorial tributes, which will be shared with her family.

“We know that some members of the community will be affected by this sad news and so we would like to remind you of the support available in Surrey Heath,” the practice said.

Dr. Milligan qualified at Manchester University in 1998. She trained as a GP in Reading and joined Camberley Health Center in 2003.

Anyone affected by the issues in this story can contact the Samaritans on 116 123.

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