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'GPs can do more to curb suicide bids'

Dr Janet Ward is calling on GPs to do more to reduce suicides after an audit of her patients revealed half of those who tried to kill themselves made repeat attempts.

Dr Ward, a GP in Honiton, Devon, found 35 patients attempted suicide in the past two years. 'Assessing whether a patient is depressed or not is not adequate,' she said. 'We have to look at getting access to cognitive behavioural and problem-solving therapies.'

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