‘Please don’t blame psychiatrists for rejecting your referrals – the system is failing us too’ 

Psychiatrist Dr Angelo Virgona has responded to a GP’s open letter describing his increasing frustration over rejected referrals.
Dr Angelo Virgona.

A leading psychiatrist says GPs are right to be frustrated over rejected psychiatry letters — but should put the blame on politicians not psychiatrists, who are struggling to meet escalating demand in a “broken” system.

Dr Angelo Virgona, chair of the The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ NSW branch, was responding to comments by GP Dr Andrew Leech, whose frustration over rebuffed referrals bubbled over last week.