Mental health promotion clinic funding was introduced with the new general practice 1990 contract and has been extensively used to fund counsellors and stress management clinics in primary care. This funding has been withdrawn. A postal survey was conducted on all 142 general practices in East Sussex in order to assess the impact of the introduction and withdrawal of mental health promotion clinic funding on the employment of counsellors and on stress management clinics. One hundred and forty practices participated and it was found that there was an increase from 33 to 70 counsellors employed and five to 36 stress management clinics run by January 1993. Many GPs did not know what would happen to their service and it was estimated that 44 (63%) of counsellors and 13 (36%) stress management clinics would be lost.
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