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'GPs cannot meet the NSF for mental health'

GP services are too stretched to give patients the level

of care demanded in the

national service framework for mental health, claims a new

report.

Primary Solutions, an independent review from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health in association with the NHS Alliance, recognises GPs would like to do more for

patients with mental health needs.

But the report authors said primary care had too few staff to meet both the expectations of patients and the framework.

'Most primary care teams feel that they are struggling to manage current workload without taking on the new responsibilities of the NSF for mental health,' the report said.

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