Coroner concerned after police officer death

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CARE for people with chronic fatigue has been scrutinised after a former police officer committed suicide.

Emily Gregg, a former police officer in Portsmouth, hanged herself in her garden in November last year.

Her father, Phil Gregg, told an inquest in Chichester the 34-year-old was ‘a joy’ and ‘fiercely independent’ until she woke up in pain on her birthday on July 1, 2013 and could not move her legs.

Mr Gregg said her GP knew little about the syndrome so Emily paid for advice from a clinic in London and then had to move in with Mr Gregg, in Southbourne, so he could care for her.

Her condition was stable until July last year when she woke up paralysed from the neck down.

Mr Gregg said: ‘Emily had this very morbid view of how her life was going to continue. There was a total lack of facilities.’

Emily was referred to a special unit in London but it had a long waiting list. Her mother Susan Gregg, said: ‘Why do you accept someone is so ill they can’t move and not have her in hospital?’

Coroner Penelope Schofield said awareness and care services for chronic fatigue were insufficient.

She said: ‘I’m going to write to the doctor who cared for Emily at the Portsmouth surgery about my concern nothing more was done to diagnose her illness. I hope other families like yourself are not faced with having to drive a loved one’s care in the way that you did.’

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