Bill Moyes, Chairman of the Uk Gambling Commission (UKGC) has asked the NHS officials to clear their stand on problem gambling. He also alleged that the NHS was escaping the question of treating problem gambling and gambling addiction as a public health issue.
Moyes was speaking on an interview series by the UK Health Service Journal’ The Bedpan.’ Moyes is very critical of problem gambling and has warned that gambling addiction has health hazards and can completely destroy careers and also families.
Explaining what he expects from the public health department, Moyes said: “One of the things I will be encouraging the public health contributors to do is to try to [analyse] what kind of interventions are appropriate in which circumstances and to get a sense of what is cost effective. We’ve got to be realistic about that.”
“We’ve got to understand the economic impact of gambling harm and we’ve got to try to get some balance between what we spend on that and intervention, prevention and treatment. I think there’s also quite a lot of work to do to find out what kind of messaging works.”
“This is a serious attempt to come together and tackle [the] problem. We want the NHS to be really thoughtful about the kind of things it should and could offer for different types of problem gambling,” he added.