England’s National Health Service boss issues warning over ‘cruel’ gambling addiction, adds new clinics

England’s National Health Service boss issues warning over ‘cruel’ gambling addiction, adds new clinics

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  • Sky News
July 5, 2023 8:15 PM

The boss of NHS England has warned about the dangers of “touch of a button” bets after a record number of people sought help for gambling addiction in England.

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Amanda Pritchard also raised concerns over children and adults being “bombarded” with gambling adverts as she announced the health service is increasing its support for people with gambling problems as a result of soaring demand.

A record 1,389 patients were referred for help last year, compared with 1,013 in the previous 12 months and 775 two years ago.

As a result, the NHS is launching seven more specialist gambling clinics to support those who are struggling.