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SNP: Scotland leading way in drug rehabilitation

People are being treated for drug addiction problems quicker than
ever, with 90 per cent of people starting treatment within three
weeks.

New figures show the SNP Government has achieved the 90% target nine
months ahead of the March 2013 schedule.

Health Committee deputy convener Bob Doris, SNP MSP for Glasgow,
welcomed news that Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board surpassed
the target at 94.6%.

He said:

“The Health improvement, Efficiency, Access to services and Treatments
March 2013 target was set following consultation with NHS boards and
stakeholders in a bid to help people tackle drug addiction.

“It is fantastic news that we have met our 90% target nine months
ahead of schedule – Scotland is truly leading the way in recovery and
getting people into treatment.

“The SNP Government, along with the hard work of NHS staff, is doing
all it can to help people recover from serious drug addiction.

“We must pay tribute to the work undertaken by Alcohol and Drugs
Partnerships, health boards, charitable organisations, volunteers and
families in helping support people’s recovery.

“With that assistance, thousands of people have been able to tackle
their addiction.

“The SNP inherited the Labour-LibDem waiting times legacy of over a
year and have now turned that into a maximum three-week wait.

“We have made significant progress in treatment and service delivery
and will work extremely hard to maintain these improvements.

“In Scotland, we are already running major areas of policy such as
health independently and successfully – imagine what can be achieved
when Scotland gets the powers of an independent country to enable us
to be equally well-governed in all areas.”


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