An inquest into the suicide of a Bolton nurse who said she was bullied by colleagues shortly before she hanged herself has found “no direct link” between her claims and her death.
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In a suicide note left by Margaret Gettins shortly before her death in January, she claimed she had been the victim of name-calling from fellow nurses and staff at Royal Bolton Hospital.
The note was discovered by her husband, Chris, a senior manager at the hospital, who revealed that she had raised concerns about being called “unpleasant” names while on duty at a new ward, but that she had never approached her ward superior to address the problem.
The inquest also heard that Mrs Gettins, 50, kept a diary in which she recorded her problems at work.
Despite the details in the note, her conversations with Mr Gettins and the contents of her diary, the inquest found “no direct link” between her claims that she was bullied by colleagues and her suicide.
Bolton deputy coroner Alan Walsh recorded a verdict that Mrs Gettins took her own life while the balance of her mind was disturbed, rightly or wrongly, by her issues with the hospital and also a nursery which she had written about in her diaries.
In a lengthy statement following the hearing, a spokeswoman for Royal Bolton Hospital expressed sympathy on behalf of the hospital but admitted there were “further issues” that needed to be reviewed following the decision.
“We were very shocked to hear about the sad death of Mrs Gettins, who was a very caring and committed nurse, and we have sent our condolences to Mr Gettins and his family,” she said.
“Based on information made available to us by the police and coroner following Mrs Gettins’s death, the trust carried out, at the request of the coroner, a review of the ward environment Mrs Gettins worked on.
“We can confirm that, based on the information that was provided to us by the coroner, no direct link was established between the issues raised and the sad death of Mrs Gettins. However, there were further issues reviewed and these are ongoing, but there is still no causal link to Mrs Gettins. If further information is now made available to the trust following the inquest, we would include this as part of the review.”