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Gambling addiction clinic to open Published Date: 25/06/2019

The NHS is to open its first gambling clinic for children and young people.

The BBC reported that the National Problem Gambling Clinic will open to offer support to addicts aged 13 to 25.

The National Problem Gambling Clinic is part of an expansion of support for those with an addiction announced in an NHS long-term plan which will see 14 clinics open around England.

The Gambling Commission is reported to have said that it was essential people had easy access to support and treatment.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "I have seen first-hand the devastating impact gambling addiction can have on people's lives and I am determined to do everything I can to help anyone affected get the help and support they need.

"We know that too many young people face their lives being blighted by problem gambling - so these new clinics will also look at what more can be done to help them."

Mike Kenwood, director of development at GamCare - a charity providing support and advice to people affected by problem gambling, told BBC Radio 5 Live more education on the issue "is badly needed" in schools.

"In school you would have been more likely to receive education and awareness sessions around things like drugs and alcohol, safe sex, healthy eating in PSHE [Personal, Social, Health and Economic education] lessons," he said.

"There is a broader agenda which address all those things, but gambling is missing from it."