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90% of councils slashing smoking, sexual health, weight management services

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This is basically a funding cut to primary care support services. These peoples problems don’t disappear, they just go and see their GP instead. I used to work in a drug and alcohol service, I no longer do. As a Dr I was too expensive. The work is now primarily carried out by cheaper staff and the treatment agenda has conveniently moved towards a politicised ‘recovery’ model, which means treatment is effectively ‘time limited’, and the heroin dependant (a chronic relapsing condition) are all expected to mysteriously ‘get better’ without longer term (aka expensive) maintenance support. No surprise over-dose death rates are on the rise. I wonder why that might be. These cuts have real consequences. It’s just easier to pretend they don’t and fain supprise at the ensuing mess several years down the line. I look forward to venerable reasearch papers in the coming years confirming you don’t save money denying help to vulnerable desperate people to move away from unhappy and unproductive lives.

Posted date

02 May 2018

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1:18pm

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