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Talks over training in psychiatry

All GPs could be trained in

psychiatry. The Department of Health will hold talks with the RCGP about introducing elements of psychiatry into the GP training programme and continuing professional development models for qualified GPs.

The proposal is made in the Government's response to the inquiry into the cases of psychiatrists William Kerr and Michael Haslam. Both were convicted of indecently assaulting former patients.

The response said: 'Training and continuous professional development for health professionals increasingly recognises the need to work across sectoral boundaries, especially in community settings.'

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