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Gambling: Rehabilitation

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL16963, tabled on 4 July 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the projected funding costs to the NHS of the new gambling-related harm clinics, announced on 23 June.

Answered on

17 July 2019

As part of its NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England has made a commitment to invest in clinics to help more people with serious gambling problems. NHS England published its Long Term Plan Implementation Framework on 5 July 2019. The projected funding for gambling clinics was not separately identified and will be provided at a later date.

The first National Health Service gambling clinic for children will open this year as part of a new network of services for addicts being rolled out. Up to 15 new NHS clinics will be opened over the five years, starting with the NHS Northern Gambling Service in Leeds and two satellite sites in Manchester and Sunderland.

GambleAware has indicated that it plans to provide over £1 million annually to the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust to fund the NHS Northern Gambling Clinic in Leeds, and £382,000 to the National Problem Gambling Clinic in London in 2019/20.