Addictions: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th July 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270773 on Addiction Services, what plans has he to increase the availability of medically-staffed detoxification beds in England; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Local authorities are responsible for assessing local substance misuse need, and commissioning services to meet that need, including inpatient medically-staffed detoxification beds in England. Local areas can work together to commission some types of drug and alcohol treatment which may be more effectively commissioned by partnerships of more than one locality. This could be on a regional basis or within the boundaries of sustainability and transformation partnerships or integrated care systems.

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