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‘All change, please’

‘All change, please’ EDITORIAL Liz Hughes Editor Welcome to this issue of . This is the first issue after the recent election and subsequent formation of a coalition government. Therefore it seems appropriate for ‘change’ to be a theme of this editorial, both in terms of the changes we all face as a result of a new government and at the personal level, in terms of health behaviour change. Andrew Lansley is now the health secretary, and the coalition has launched their new manisfesto (http://programmeforgovernment.hmg.gov.uk; HM Government, 2010), which sets out the new government vision in all the key areas. In terms of the NHS, there is a statement emphasising the commitment to the NHS as a free at point-of-use service for all. There is promise of increased spending on health year on year, a drive towards greater ‘people power’, and a reduction in bureaucracy. At this point, however, there is little or no mention of specific groups using the NHS, including those with mental health/substance use issues. Searching through other sections of the manifesto, I found little mention of drug and alcohol use apart from stopping the sale of reduced price alcohol and introducing a system for the temporary banning http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Dual Diagnosis Pier Professional

‘All change, please’

Advances in Dual Diagnosis , Volume 3 (2) – May 1, 2010

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Pier Professional
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Copyright © 2010 by Pier Professional Limited
ISSN
1757-0972
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2042-8324
DOI
10.5042/add.2010.0186
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EDITORIAL Liz Hughes Editor Welcome to this issue of . This is the first issue after the recent election and subsequent formation of a coalition government. Therefore it seems appropriate for ‘change’ to be a theme of this editorial, both in terms of the changes we all face as a result of a new government and at the personal level, in terms of health behaviour change. Andrew Lansley is now the health secretary, and the coalition has launched their new manisfesto (http://programmeforgovernment.hmg.gov.uk; HM Government, 2010), which sets out the new government vision in all the key areas. In terms of the NHS, there is a statement emphasising the commitment to the NHS as a free at point-of-use service for all. There is promise of increased spending on health year on year, a drive towards greater ‘people power’, and a reduction in bureaucracy. At this point, however, there is little or no mention of specific groups using the NHS, including those with mental health/substance use issues. Searching through other sections of the manifesto, I found little mention of drug and alcohol use apart from stopping the sale of reduced price alcohol and introducing a system for the temporary banning

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Published: May 1, 2010

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