Thursday 1 November 2018 / 4:26 PM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth responds to the latest alcohol and drug treatment statistics

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to the latest adult alcohol and drug treatment statistics from 2017/18, said:

“The fact that the numbers of people receiving help for drug and alcohol addiction has fallen on this scale reveals the desperate crisis in substance misuse services. Quite simply years of Tory cuts to the public health grant are now having devastating consequences for some of the most vulnerable in society.

“It’s all the more shameful that when almost 590,000 adults with alcohol dependency are in need of specialist treatment, the Tory government are still pushing ahead with cuts to public health services as part of a wider £1 billion worth of health cuts currently pencilled in for next year.

“As someone who has spoken out about my own personal circumstances growing up with an alcoholic father I welcome that Public Health England is now recording the parental status of those starting drug or alcohol treatment.

“This is crucial data and it’s vital a fully resourced program is in put in place to support children affected by parents with drug or substance misuse problems.

“But the truth is thousands in need of desperate help are missing out because of years of swingeing Tory cuts. It means destroyed lives for some of the most vulnerable and their families. These cuts should have been reversed this week.”