Renewed claims GPs are 'glorified' mental health care referrers

The reissuing of the charge levelled at GP involvement in mental health follows the recent release of the latest Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) report examining GP clinical trends.

In a letter published in the MJA, Professor Hickie and Sebastian Rosenberg – both of the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute – reissued their claims that the one-off payment for the writing of a GP mental health plan had encouraged a culture of GPs becoming “glorified referrers”.

“A progress