Call for better depression treatment22nd March 2010
The results of a study by the Royal College of GPs have shown that 65% of doctors reported they were "rarely" able to provide therapy to patients with depression within two months.
The survey of 590 doctors also showed that only 15% said they were "usually" able to offer therapy within the same time period.
The mental health charity Mind is using the survey as part of a campaign to improve access to therapies.
The charity, with the backing of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, wants to see all political parties pledge to offer therapy to patients within four weeks of referral.
One in ten people in the UK suffer from depression every year and over 50% of this number have more than one bout of depression.
Psychological therapy is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the preferred treatment for mild to moderate depression.
RCGP chairman Professor Steve Field said: "There has been substantial improvement in the last few years but there is a long way to go."
"It is essential that the current programme is completed within the next Parliament with adequate funding for training and employing extra therapists. If we can treat people early we can keep people in work, keep them off medication and help them get on with their lives."
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Title: Call for better depression treatment
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 14444
Date Added: 22nd Mar 2010