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Talking therapy's tangible benefits

Dr Lis Rodgers, a Doncaster GP who helped set up the talking therapy pilot, believes it is bringing tangible benefits for both GPs and patients.

'Patients I've referred had really good results in terms of their mental health and improving their life,' she said.

But Dr Rodgers warned against attempting to restrict access to therapy to patients on incapacity benefit, as the scheme had originally intended.

'I think it's going to be very hard to show if a patient is out of work. Often, if someone has a job and develops a mental problem, that results in absence, so they're effectively out of work anyway.'

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