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A CALL centre employee struggling at work was found hanged three days after telling her doctor she felt suicidal.

Hayley Gardner, aged 36, went to the Primary Care Centre in Goldthorpe, Barnsley, suffering from stress after failing a test at Ventura call centre, Manvers, Rotherham, where she worked, an inquest was told.

She told her doctor she wanted to kill herself and was told to increase her dose of anti-depressants from two a day to three.

Hayley’s mum Linda Cruise, who was at the consultation, said: “I told him another tablet wasn’t the answer. I asked about a private psychiatrist other than just tablets. The GP said we couldn’t go private for something like that but he would look into it.

“We were due to go on a family holiday in August. The doctor just said, ‘Go on holiday and things might be better’.”

In a letter read out at the inquest, the GP who saw Hayley - Dr Mann - said after her consultation he offered to contact a counselling service and felt ‘everything was positive’.

He also said ‘there was no reason to believe she was going to do anything to harm herself’.

Hayley, of South Drive, Bolton on Dearne, saw the GP on July 25 last year and three days later was found by her 12-year-old nephew, hanged at home.

Assistant deputy coroner Donald Coutts-Wood adjourned the inquest and said he needed to make more enquiries of the GP.