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Practice based commissioning may not work for mental health

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1204
  1. Madeleine Brettingham
  1. London

    Plans to allow general practitioners to commission a wider range of mental health treatments will result in substandard care, a report published by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health has said.

    The charity, which works to improve the quality of life for people with severe mental health problems, has condemned the UK government's plans to expand the practice based commissioning scheme under which individual practices, rather than primary care trusts (PCTs), are responsible for directing secondary treatment into specialised areas such as mental health.

    The government wishes to extend the scheme to include a greater variety of secondary care services. Community mental health teams, psychological treatments, and other talking cures could all potentially be commissioned directly by GPs.

    The centre sees …

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