General Article Premier League football clubs should do more to tackle gambling addiction, says NHS chief

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‘Taxpayers should not be left to pick up the pieces,’ says Simon Stevens.


By Harriet Agerholm

Premier league football clubs must do more to tackle gambling addiction, the head of NHS England Simon Stevens has said.

The chief executive described compulsive gambling as one of the ‘new threats’ facing the NHS and warned the already overstretched health service is being left to ‘pick up the pieces’ from gambling-related mental health issues.

Reports foreign gambling problems were ‘failing to play their part’ in funding treatment for the public health issue were ‘deeply concerning’, he told a conference in Manchester.

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