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Too many teens 'lost' in health system

25th June 2009

Doctors have called for an urgent review of adolescent healthcare because they say too many young people are getting lost in the system.

The Royal College of GPs is concerned over problems treating 16 to 18-year-olds with both mental and physical illnesses and wants to see more targeted provision for teenagers. Healthcare for teenagers is regarded as “patchy” by experts and while care services minister Phil Hope says mental health services have improved in recent years, he acknowledged more needed to be done.

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