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Two-thirds of GP referrals for child mental health lead to no treatment


As revelations go, the idea that CAMHS reject lots of referrals is up there with Papal Catholicism. We've now got a form letter we send to parents, the CCG and back to CAMHS explaining our impotence in the face of "computer says no" rejections before the child is even seen. We get a nice colourful flowchart explaining what they will and won't see with our reply. I usually tell patients to book in with their MP. I thought this would stop when GPs were put in charge of services via CCGs. I see no difference. Thank god I have eight months to go till I'm done. Real harm is being done here. Still, as long as my ladder protocol is up to date, all is right with the world. Joke.

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04 Jul 2016

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