GPs `Forced' to Prescribe Drugs
Byline: By Lyndsay Moss
Concerns about the inappropriate use of antidepressants to treat patients are highlighted in a survey of doctors today.
An investigation by doctors' magazine Pulse found that depressed patients were being prescribed the drugs against national guidelines because of a "crisis" in access to mental health services such as talking therapies.
The magazine said that people faced a lottery in access to therapy and counselling, with waiting lists of months or even years in some areas.
The findings came from a survey of 170 primary care organisations in England and Wales and one in Scotland, and in a separate survey of 1,300 GPs. …
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Publication information: Article title: GPs `Forced' to Prescribe Drugs. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Journal (Newcastle, England). Publication date: March 2, 2006. Page number: 6. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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