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Gambling: Health Services

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 147870, tabled on 2 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to increase the number of specialist treatment services for women with gambling disorders.

Answered on

8 February 2021

The Government is committed to tackling gambling-related harm.

The NHS Long Term Plan announced the creation of up to 15 specialist gambling clinics by 2023/24. Work continues on phased expansion of these services, enabling the National Health Service to explore how best to use existing treatment models to reach those most in need of support.

The Department commissioned Public Health England to undertake the first ever comprehensive evidence review focussed on gambling-related harm. The review will look at prevalence, determinants and harms associated with gambling, alongside the social and economic burden of gambling-related harms. This includes reviewing the evidence on young people, men and women. The review will be published later this year.

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