Opinion – Britain’s hidden epidemic of gambling addiction has been left unattended for too long – Op Ed – Tom Watson and Jon Ashworth – Huffington Post

Here’s a good op ed, published in the Huffington Post, highlighting how the UK’s Labour Party would go further on tackling gambling addiction. As I reflect on this article, my mind cast over the growing politics of addiction – including drugs, alcohol, gambling and obesity. On the left, the approach demands growing state-involvement. Meanwhile, on the right, the viewpoint is increasingly that it’s the respobsibility of the individual and and his/her family. My political views are well known and I do not subscribe to the view that gambling addiction should be the latest disease to be addressed by the NHS. But I do think that government intervention on all addictions is way behind the curve. Having spent most of my career delivering strategic change, I think that governments must take a holistic approach to addiction, regarding it increasingly as a strategic challenge. After all, consider how China suffered in the Opium Wars?

Read original – The Latest NAO report: Financial sustainability of the NHS

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Read the original – The Latest NAO report: Financial sustainability of the NHS

The message is simple. As the financial sustainability of the NHS deteriorates at an alarming rate, services and quality are suffering.

In this blog, we have long argued for the replacement of the NHS with a best of breed public healthcare system modelled on the likes of Singapore, Germany, France or Italy.

When will the political classes start to be honest with the UK public?