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Coroner urges revision of mental health referral form after 15-year-old boy dies


Two major problems here. One, CAMHS not staffed sufficiently, so tendency to bounce almost all GP referrals, and long waits for the ones that are accepted. Two, if there is not enough info on the form, why on earth ask the GP for more info; if they had that info it would have been on the form. It's like passing the admin down to a minion to get, rather than taking responsibility and actually contacting the family directly and getting an accurate answer, rather than the GP having to be the go-between. As that GP might not be in on the day the request for more info arrives, yet more unnecessary delays. The system is broken. it will take more resources AND a change of attitude to sort it.

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20 Aug 2019

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