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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL11889, tabled on 28 November 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what training NHS England provided for GPs to support those affected by gambling-related harm in (1) 2013, (2) 2014, (3) 2015, (4) 2016, (5) 2017, and (6) 2018; and what plans they have to increase the level of training provided.

Answered on

10 December 2018

NHS England is not responsible for the provision of general practitioner training. The standard of medical training is the responsibility of the General Medical Council (GMC) and the training curricula for postgraduate trainee doctors is set by the relevant medical Royal College, which has to meet standards set by the GMC. Whilst curricula do not necessarily highlight specific conditions for doctors to be aware of, they instead emphasise the skills and approaches that a doctor must develop to ensure accurate and timely diagnoses and treatment plans for their patients. NHS England expects clinicians to use their professional judgement with patients presenting with particular symptoms and keep up to date with current developments and treatments.

Information on the number of trips to a hospital or safe place made by police or ambulance crews connected with gambling associated with mental health are not collected centrally.