Opinion

Greater need to train psychiatrists to meet demands

Kate Lovett says the government needs to train additional psychiatrists to meet the nation’s growing mental health needs.  
Kate Lovett

Kate Lovett says the government needs to train additional psychiatrists to meet the nation’s growing mental health needs.

On 4 October 2016, health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced 1,500 extra medical training places every year, in a bid to end the NHS’s reliance on overseas doctors.

I and the rest of the Royal College of Psychiatrists echo the views of many, in welcoming this planned expansion.

Golden oppurtunities

This could, if delivered in the right way, provide us with a golden opportunity to address one of the biggest issues in our profession, and in the ongoing mission to achieve real parity of esteem – the chronic shortage of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists.

The latest Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey underlined, once again, the enormity of the mental health challenges we face. And yet, despite the best efforts of the profession, we don’t

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