On 29th and 30th January the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, received four written answers to questions on the NHS and gambling related harm and rehabilitation:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many dedicated gambling clinics will be established as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, published on 7 January; where those clinics will be; what are the expected (1) capital, and (2) annual running costs of those facilities; and when they will be opened to patients.
Baroness Manzoor: The scope and scale of funding allocated for specialist treatment for gambling related harm announced in the NHS Long Term Plan, including the geographical locations of these services, has yet to be determined by NHS England.
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the national implementation programme for the NHS Long Term Plan, published on 7 January.
Baroness Manzoor: The National Health Service published the NHS Long Term Plan on 7 January 2019. The Government has asked the NHS to develop a clear implementation framework by spring 2019, to set out how the commitments should be delivered by local systems and ensure transparency for patients and the public.
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients the National Problem Gambling Clinic in London has capacity to treat in a year; how many patients are currently receiving treatment at that clinic; how many referrals that clinic has received in each of the last five years; and what was the cost to the NHS of running that clinic in each of those years.
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the planned NHS Northern Gambling Clinic in Leeds is expected to cost, broken down by (1) capital costs, and (2) annual running costs; and how many referrals they expect the clinic to receive each year.
Baroness Manzoor: Information on the capacity of the National Problem Gambling Clinic, the number of referrals received, the number of patients receiving treatment there or the clinic’s running costs is not held centrally. This clinic is wholly funded by GambleAware which is a charity and as such the Department does not hold this information.
Information on the estimated capital costs, annual running costs or number of expected referrals to the NHS Northern Gambling Clinic in Leeds proposed by GambleAware is also not held centrally.