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Rose Polge: Reports missing junior doctor 'left note to Jeremy Hunt'

Published 16/02/2016

Missing junior doctor Rose Polge
Missing junior doctor Rose Polge

A major search operation is continuing for missing junior doctor Rose Polge - and police have refused to deny reports she left a note addressed to Jeremy Hunt.

Dr Rose Polge (25) who works at Torbay Hospital in Torquay, Devon, has not been seen since Friday.

She went missing halfway through a shift and her car was discovered in a car park at Anstey's Cove near Torquay in Devon, a shingle beach backed by hillside.

Divers are currently searching the area.

Police said her disappearance is "totally out of character" and confirmed an item of clothing had been found at the cove.

ITV News Westcountry reported that "persistent rumours" have been circulating at her workplace that she had left a note addressed to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

Dr Polge was known to be critical of Mr Hunt's plans to force through the controversial new contract on junior doctors.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said today: "We are not making any comment about a note or the contents of it."

Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust refused to comment.

Police officers, along with the coastguard, RNLI and Dartmoor search and rescue, are involved in searches to locate Dr Polge.

TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Police divers leave the water at Anstey's Cove as they search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge on February 16, 2016 in Torquay, England. Fears are growing for Doctor Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, after she was last seen on Friday afternoon and her car was found abandoned in a carpark near Anstey's Cove in Torquay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Police divers leave the water at Anstey's Cove as they search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge on February 16, 2016 in Torquay, England. Fears are growing for Doctor Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, after she was last seen on Friday afternoon and her car was found abandoned in a carpark near Anstey's Cove in Torquay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Police officers assist police divers searching the waters at Anstey's Cove as they continue to search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge on February 16, 2016 in Torquay, England. Fears are growing for Doctor Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, after she was last seen on Friday afternoon and her car was found abandoned in a carpark near Anstey's Cove in Torquay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Police officers assist police divers searching the waters at Anstey's Cove as they continue to search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge on February 16, 2016 in Torquay, England. Fears are growing for Doctor Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, after she was last seen on Friday afternoon and her car was found abandoned in a carpark near Anstey's Cove in Torquay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Police divers enter the water at Anstey's Cove as they search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge on February 16, 2016 in Torquay, England. Fears are growing for Doctor Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, after she was last seen on Friday afternoon and her car was found abandoned in a carpark near Anstey's Cove in Torquay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Police divers leave the water at Anstey's Cove as they search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge on February 16, 2016 in Torquay, England. Fears are growing for Doctor Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, after she was last seen on Friday afternoon and her car was found abandoned in a carpark near Anstey's Cove in Torquay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Police divers search the water at Anstey's Cove as they continue searching for missing junior doctor Rose Polge on February 16, 2016 in Torquay, England. Fears are growing for Doctor Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, after she was last seen on Friday afternoon and her car was found abandoned in a carpark near Anstey's Cove in Torquay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Police officers assist police divers searching the waters at Anstey's Cove as they continue to search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge on February 16, 2016 in Torquay, England. Fears are growing for Doctor Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, after she was last seen on Friday afternoon and her car was found abandoned in a carpark near Anstey's Cove in Torquay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Anstey's Cove is seen as police continue to search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge on February 16, 2016 in Torquay, England. Fears are growing for Doctor Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, after she was last seen on Friday afternoon and her car was found abandoned in a carpark near Anstey's Cove in Torquay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Police divers search the water at Anstey's Cove as they continue searching for missing junior doctor Rose Polge on February 16, 2016 in Torquay, England. Fears are growing for Doctor Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, after she was last seen on Friday afternoon and her car was found abandoned in a carpark near Anstey's Cove in Torquay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Police officers assist police divers searching the waters at Anstey's Cove as they continue to search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge on February 16, 2016 in Torquay, England. Fears are growing for Doctor Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Devon, after she was last seen on Friday afternoon and her car was found abandoned in a carpark near Anstey's Cove in Torquay. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The searches were halted overnight due to dangerous conditions, but restarted yesterday morning - with support from a police helicopter.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We are extremely concerned for the welfare of Rose and are desperate to locate her.

Martin Ringrose, interim director of human resources at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this very distressing time."

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