A doctor from the Republican Vilnius University Hospital committed suicide last week, sources told LRT.lt on Monday.
His death comes after several other suicides at Lithuania’s health institutions amid accusations of mobbing, a term used to describe emotional abuse and harassment.
Aistė Šuksta, spokeswoman for the Health Ministry, told LRT.lt that the ministry had been informed about the medic’s death.
“In our knowledge, the doctor had no work disputes, but we are continuing our cooperation [with the hospital] while trying to assess the situation,” said Šuksta.
LRT.lt sources said the doctor had lived with depression for two years. He had taken holidays at the time of his death on September 24.
In October 2019, another doctor at the same hospital committed suicide. The man, who was aged 30 and left a wife and two children, was found dead after finishing his weekend shift.
The event led to the Health Ministry establishing a working group to ensure better mental health among medical staff. The group is yet to announce its work resuls.
In May, another medic committed suicide. Her colleagues claim she was a victim of mobbing at her workplcae at the Republican Šiauliai Hospital in northern Lithuania.
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