The Guardian newspaper commented this week how the changes in funding for a range of health services could lead to a post-code lottery for people needing help with problems related to drugs or alcohol. The responsibility for spending the huge sums of money involved will fall on clinical commissioning boards controlled by local authorities.
The article, which can be found at; http://gu.com/p/3ba65 deals with the planned changes for April 2013 when money previously ring-fenced for drug and alcohol services will be lumped together with money for other public health services. There is no doubt that some local authorities will use the money as part of a joined-up campaign to raise awareness of drug and alcohol problems and provide focused treatment where it is needed. Equally there is no doubt that in some parts of the country drug and alcohol services will suffer because of politics. Local politicians will be able to find ways to spend the money available which would carry more favour with their potential voters. It was for this very reason that the money was ring-fenced in the first place.
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