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My patients just will not wait for CBT

Dr Neil Statham is often forced to prescribe antidepressants because his patients are unwilling to wait up to six months for CBT.

Dr Statham, a GP in Newport, Gwent, said his area had 'a very limited service', even with a practice-based counsellor two days a week.

Dr Statham said: 'It's about five to six months, which tends to defeat the object, especially when NICE recommends CBT first-line.

'It means most patients will opt for medication because they do not want to wait. The waiting list makes the service really untenable. We need more counselling time.'

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