GambleAware Approves of New 10-year Strategy for the National Health Service
GambleAware, problem gambling funding body has welcomed plans made by the government to invest in new professional clinics that will be solely dedicated to problem gambling treatment with the National Health Service’s new 10-year strategy. The NHS Long Term Plan was published this week with important information regarding new spending limits on mental health issue services across the UK.
NHS England summarizes with their plans to expand the services that are obtainable to an approximation of 400,000 gamblers, as well as 2,000,000 people potentially at risk of having a gambling addiction. There is currently only one devoted professional clinic, the National Problem Gambling Clinic, which is a London based clinic that opened more than 10 years ago. The second facility will potentially be opened in April this year and will be ran by the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
GambleAware’s Chief Executive of Charity, Marc Etches, specified that the long-term strategy will help to progress the amenities that it has to offer those persons that are affected by problem gambling. The long-term goal of the NHS is to continue to strive to meet the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health’s recommendation of allotting a minimum of 10% of monetary health spending towards mental health services.