Drugs: Rehabilitation

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st November 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his officials in his Department have had with commissioners of substance misuse services to assess the adequacy of their funding in meeting demand for those services.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Departmental officials have regular discussions with the commissioners of substance misuse services. We commissioned Dame Carol Black to undertake a comprehensive review of drug treatment system in England. The review looked at national funding and local spending on drug and alcohol treatment, consulting extensively with local authority commissioners. The review made a number of recommendations, including to increase the funding available for treatment services.

We have committed to publish a new long term drug strategy later this year, informed by the latest evidence including from Dame Carol’s review. We will set out further action in the coming months.

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