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GPs should take hold of mental health agenda

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 02 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1414
  1. Jace Clarke, general practitioner,
  2. Mike Giles, general practitioner,
  3. Edward Peck (, director
  1. Park Surgery, Albion Way, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1BG
  2. Windsor Road Surgery, Windsor Road, Garstang PR3 1ED
  3. Institute for Applied Health and Social Policy, King's College London, London SE1 8WA

    EDITOR—The national service framework for mental health was published 12 months ago.1 It acknowledged the extent of the primary care contribution to the mental health of the nation. How has the framework been implemented from a primary care perspective?

    The local implementation teams have typically been constituted around the boundaries of health authorities. This has made effective engagement of these teams with primary care groups, and their mental health leads, difficult. Furthermore, the prominence …

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