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Drug Rehabilitation

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the effect of NHS Trust deficits on the provision of drug rehabilitation programmes. (80259)

The 2005-06 provisional outturn position shows the national health service as a whole to be forecasting a net year-end deficit of around £512 million, which is less than 1 per cent. of total net NHS expenditure.

A minority of NHS organisations are in deficit. The majority of NHS organisations are in financial balance or surplus and are delivering improvements to access and the quality of patient care.

We have set NHS organisations the requirement to deliver better standards of care and quicker access than ever before. There can be no trade-off between meeting these requirements and delivering financial balance.

The Department, supported by £22 million of funding from the Home Office, will provide drug action teams (DATs) with £394.6 million for drug treatment in 2006-07 which is an increase of over 30 per cent. from last year. This funding is additional to NHS primary care trusts' own investment and will be used for personnel, day-to-day running of services, and building and refurbishment of premises. For every £1 spent on drug treatment, at least £9.50 is saved in crime and health costs.