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Alcoholism: Health Services

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for (a) adults and (b) young people in each strategic health authority area to obtain (i) community-based and (ii) in-patient services to reduce severe alcohol dependency in the latest period for which information is available. (255314)

Since 1 April 2008 the National Treatment Agency has collected data on individuals who receive specialist alcohol treatment through the National Alcohol Treatment Monitoring System. The first year’s data is expected to be reported in October 2009, and will include information on waiting times.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many in-patient beds there are in each strategic health authority area for patients who require medical support and intervention to reduce severe alcohol dependency. (255315)

This information is not held centrally. It is the responsibility of primary care trusts (PCTs) and their partner agencies to make local commissioning decisions for alcohol treatment programmes based on their assessment of local need.