NHS: Workforce Implementation Plan - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:36 pm on 5th February 2019.

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Photo of The Bishop of St Albans The Bishop of St Albans Bishop 2:36 pm, 5th February 2019

My Lords, it is encouraging to hear that the long-term plan will include funding for services for those with gambling addictions. With 430,000 gambling addicts in this country, of which 55,000 are teenagers, this is a really urgent matter. Can we press Her Majesty’s Government please to move on this quickly? There is only one NHS clinic available at the moment. If funding is an issue, will the Government explore the possibility of introducing a mandatory levy on the gambling industry to pay for the cost to the NHS, which Simon Stevens suggests is £1.2 billion?