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Government minister advises patients see GP for porn addiction

Patients concerned that they are addicted to pornography should speak to their GP, according to the Government’s minister for internet safety and security Baroness Shields.

In a House of Lords debate on Thursday discussing ‘the impact of pornography on society’, the Bishop of Chester Dr Peter Forster said he had ‘come across addiction to pornography as a factor in individual marriage breakdown’ and called on the Government to take a harder stance on pornography.

Responding, under-secretary of state for culture, media, and sport, Baroness Shields, said: ‘Regarding questions on porn addiction, the relationship counselling service Relate considers that porn addiction is a form of sex addiction.

‘Support is available. It may not be enough but anyone who is concerned that they may be suffering from addiction to pornography can speak to their GP.’

Bishop Foster made clear that his ‘first-hand knowledge of pornography is very limited’.

It follows one Conservative MP’s claims that GPs were ‘ideally placed’ to act as marriage counsellors for elderly couples on the point of splitting. 

Readers' comments (27)

  • Surely a case for self-referral to support/counselling services if ever there was one?

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  • and I will give them some cream to rub on it.

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  • Really?...

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  • Thats the best solution
    I strongly recommend it.
    But even better suggestion is for the patient to get married.

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  • GPs are ideally placed to............

    Add whatever rubbish you feel you should.

    This is a mad world.

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  • is there a referral pathway for this?

    counselling/ psychology/ psychiatry?????

    ive never seen anyone with this but im guessing its becoming more common

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  • Can't wait for my first request for a fit note for porn addiction.
    Ideas Concerns Expectations.
    Um....Perhaps some Ibugel for your wrist?

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  • John Glasspool

    ROTFL over a couple of the answers!

    Perhaps we should just show hard core porn on our waiting room screens? I mean, what else is there to do in the UK in winter if you are unemployed. I mean, it would surely be part of holistic care?

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  • Will any GP find this request outlandish or difficult to deal with?

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  • Vinci Ho

    I always know we are good , but this 'good':
    We can counter terrorists(remember this?)
    We can play immigration and catch those using NHS illegally
    We can now heal sex or pornography addiction??
    No wonder medical students 'dare' not choose general practice . You have to be so 'clever' to do the job!

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