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Drugs: Rehabilitation

Health written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Mike Wood Mike Wood Labour, Batley and Spen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS and (b) voluntary sector residential places are available in (i) England and (ii) West Yorkshire for the treatment of people with drug addictions.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Data on the total number of residential places available in England or West Yorkshire in either national health service or non-statutory settings is not available centrally.

However, local drug partnerships will have information on the level of local provision for drug dependency. Up to date contact details for each partnership can be found via the Home Office website at:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100419081707/http://drugs.homeoffice.gov.uk/dat/directory/

Data on the number of NHS residential drug treatment places is not centrally available because planning is typically done on the basis of the estimated number of available treatment episodes rather than the number of physical places/beds. The National Treatment Agency (NTA) does not hold data on the estimated number of available in-patient detoxification treatment episodes in NHS settings.

Most, but not all, non-statutory providers of specialist residential drug treatment in England provide information on their services, on a voluntary basis, to a national online directory called Rehab Online, which is maintained by the NTA for Substance Misuse. Information from Rehab Online currently suggests that there are 2,285 beds available within the voluntary/private sector (non-NHS). This includes some alcohol only beds. 187 of these are in the Yorkshire and Humber region, with 12 beds in West Yorkshire.

These data are incomplete because it does not include data from all non-statutory providers or any from the NHS services.

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