Increase in Mental Health Demands on GPs
A survey of GPs has revealed rising demand for mental health support in primary care. GPs say that two in five (40 per cent) of their appointments now involve mental health, while two in three GPs (66 per cent) say the proportion of patients needing help with their mental health has increased in the last 12 months.
The research carried out by Mind surveyed more than 1,000 GPs. Commenting on the report, Dr Richard Vautrey, British Medical Association GP committee chair, said: "We not only need greater investment in community-based training to give GPs more opportunity to develop their skills but also a significant increase in mental health therapists directly linked to practices. This would reduce the unacceptable delays many patients currently face getting access to the care they need."