Spending Review Briefing

Ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review announcements on 25 November Collective Voice has produced a briefing setting out our position.

Recent media stories suggest that the public health grant will not be given the protection that other parts of the health system have been promised by the government.  Should this be the case, we believe that it will not only impact indirectly on the NHS and other, more expensive public services, but will have a direct impact on the NHS.

NHS & Third SectorThe NHS provides roughly half of drug treatment in England and about 40% of alcohol treatment and young people’s treatment, and where these services are provided by third sector organisations this includes the hundreds of doctors and nurses employed to deliver clinical services.

The briefing shows how drug and alcohol treatment impacts on the level of crime that we experience as communities – with analysis from the Home Office suggesting that drug treatment led to a fall in crime of 30% in the last 15 years – and that reducing that investment is likely to see further burdens on the police, courts, prisons and NHS.  The briefing argues that reducing the capacity of the sector to respond to the levels of need that we already see will mean that other government priorities and manifesto commitments will be more difficult to achieve.

Should there be significant reductions in the amount of available investment the briefing suggests that the recent upward trend in drug related deaths is likely to continue, and that fewer people are likely to recover from their addiction.

Download the briefing here.

2 Responses to Spending Review Briefing

  1. David Mackenzie 24/11/2015 at 11:07 pm #

    Reducing the number of times services have to re-tender to keep the service or as frequently happens – lose the service will reduce costs considerably, giving stability to workers and service users alike.

  2. Tony Lee 09/12/2015 at 4:06 pm #

    Davids comment above is spot on. As a service user myself the constant recommissioning of my treatment service has led to three different services being commissioned with three different approaches. The latest service scrapped a planned recovery Hub that we had spent the summer getting read as a result we have nothing recovery focused based in the community. I also want to comment on the employment issue. Ive been saying for years that if I, as a service user, could be supported in re-training, education and work place opportunities as part of my treatment journey then I believe it would of help me leave treatment quicker. Having something worthwhile to work towards, other than just abstinence, is a game changer in recovery.

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