DoH freezes drug treatment spending

The DoH has frozen its spending on drug treatment programmes for 2008/9 at the same level it invested in the current financial year, new figures reveal.

Public health minister Dawn Primarolo yesterday announced a ‘major investment’ of £398 million in drug treatment services in England. But the figure for the previous year is identical.

However, a DoH spokeswoman said the cash should go further in 2008/9 because of efficiency savings allowing the programmes to get ‘more bang for their buck’.

Despite the freeze, investment in drug treatment services are at a record high, the DoH said, with 195,000 people receiving treatment in 2006/07, 130 per cent more than in 1998.

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