NHS Scotland smashes drug and alcohol waiting time target again

People Starting Drug and Alcohol treatment1 in Scotland during 1 January - 31 March 2021: Percentage waited 3 weeks or less, by NHS Board
https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/national-drug-and-alcohol-treatment-waiting-times/national-drug-and-alcohol-treatment-waiting-times-1-january-to-31-march-2021/

During the period 1 January to 31 March 2021, 95.6% of the 9,013 people who started their first drug or alcohol treatment waited 3 weeks or less. The target is 90%.

The performance is up from 94.4% in the same period last year and continues a long run of success ignored by the Scottish media.

https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/lifestyle-and-behaviours/substance-use/national-drug-and-alcohol-treatment-waiting-times/

In prisons, 97.4% of the 612 people who started their first drug or alcohol treatment during the quarter waited 3 weeks or less.

People Starting Drug and Alcohol treatment1 in Scotland during 1 January - 31 March 2021: Percentage waited 3 weeks or less, by NHS Board

5 thoughts on “NHS Scotland smashes drug and alcohol waiting time target again

  1. A very high proportion of people in prison have drug and/or alcohol problems, and one of the advantages of imprisonment is that as a ‘captive audience’ the pressure to engage with treatment is high.

    Sadly, too many people are imprisoned who do not really present a danger to the general public and we do need to reduce the amount of imprisonment and increase rehabilitative and restorative programmes under supervision, largely or wholly within the community.

    However, the baleful media always kick up a stooshie whenever this is proposed and we have the appalling Ross shouting about letting murderers and rapists loose.

    We need a change in drugs policy to allow, amongst a range of other things, safe injecting facilities.

    Again we will have the baleful Ms Annie Wells MSP and the media talking about ‘shooting galleries’ and ‘giving free license to drug dealers’.

    The addiction data for Scotland has been historically high, certainly since I was born – just after WW2 – and has complex reasons behind it, mainly related to poverty and poor quality housing. Of course the Tories and the epidemiological experts of the hospitality industry have long had a vested interest in the provision of alcohol and tobacco and, have ensured that any positive action – such as minimum pricing and the ban on smoking in public places – faces a long uphill struggle.

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  2. £250Million increase in funding will provide proper, total abstinence rehab facilities. There has been a decrease for some years. Council social care does not provide it. People are put on methadone for years. Rehab facilities should be funded under the SNHS. Drs can refer people. More could be done to restrict the sale of alcohol. MUP has reduced consumption. Many countries restrict the sale of alcohol for heath reasons. Spend £Millions to save £Billions in healthcare, police, social and fire services.

    To many people with additional needs and other problems are in prison. Cost £40,000 a year. Monies could be better spent helping people.

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