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Drugs: Rehabilitation

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for drug rehabilitation in Crosby; what the budget was for the drug action team in Crosby in 2007-08; and how many people have been seen by the drug action team in each year since 2003. (253413)

The Crosby area is served by the Sefton Drug Action Team (DAT), which is the partnership responsible for delivering the drug strategy at a local level.

The funding of local drug treatment services is the responsibility of local primary care trusts (PCTs). The Department, in association with a small contribution from the Ministry of Justice, provide specific resources, through the pooled drug treatment budget (PTB), to local partnerships for drug treatment services. In 2007-08, the Sefton area DAT spent £5,514,382 (PTB and local national health service investment) on drug services.

The number of people of Sefton residents in contact with structured drug treatment in each year since 2003 is shown in the following table:

Number of People

2003-04

1,157

2004-05

1,411

2005-06

1,579

2006-07

1,568

2007-08

1,748

Source:

National Drug Treatment Monitoring System, The National Treatment Agency for substance misuse

Waiting times are monitored quarterly by the National Treatment Agency’s North West regional team.