Newport woman died from ‘side effects’ of contraceptive pill, rules coroner

Case may be referred to General Medical Council after GP dismissed Charlotte Foster’s symptoms of pulmonary embolism as back pain

A sales executive died from the side effects of a pill prescribed for acne and as a contraceptive three weeks after her GP advised her to go for a spa day when she complained of pain and shortness of breath, a coroner has ruled.

Business studies graduate Charlotte Foster, 23, was showing symptoms of a pulmonary embolism but was told by the GP that she simply had back pain, the Shropshire coroner John Ellery concluded.

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