Dr Vaish Kumar: NHS apologises after doctor took own life

Dr Ravi Kumar, her father, strongly believes that if this had not happened, she would be still be alive.

“She was promised that she would move away from this toxic place,” he said.

Dr Kumar was seen as an outstanding mentor for other junior doctors, with strong leadership skills.

But her family, who live in Leicester, said she changed at the QE and her inquest heard she told her parents she had been belittled by consultants there.

University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB), which runs the hospital, has been at the centre of NHS scrutiny after the BBC unveiled multiple allegations of a toxic culture at the trust.

A spokesperson for the trust, which has apologised for “unacceptable behaviours”, previously said it needed to learn following Dr Kumar’s death.

“Dr Vaishnavi Kumar was a kind, devoted, much-loved and highly respected doctor, friend and colleague, who had such a positive impact on her patients, offering them the very best care and treatment,” the trust said.

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