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Fears grow over care of mentally ill as GPs say they don't want the job

Family doctors feel unready to order mental health services, polls find

Mental health campaigners fear that a "postcode lottery writ large" will leave vulnerable people without care as doctors indicate they do not want to take on responsibility for services for the mentally ill.

The government's health white paper last week proposed a massive shake-up of NHS mental health services, stripping primary care trusts of the power to commission services and handing the budgets to GPs.

But two polls of family doctors have revealed that an overwhelming number don't feel able to take on the role of providing services for patients with mental health problems.  More