ABSG Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms – Year Two
3 - Impact of Covid-19 on partnership working
ABSG recognises the strain placed on organisations involved in delivering the National Strategy – particularly those responsible for healthcare and social care, and public health where resources have been re-directed to fighting the effects of the pandemic.
Covid-19 has made organisations more aware of the possibilities to deliver services remotely. In some circumstances, services have been expanded using online delivery, and local expertise has been accessible nationally.
It is important to ensure that actions to prevent gambling harms are included in the recovery strategies now being put in place as we move out of the third national lockdown. Covid-19 has increased national awareness of health inequalities and the need for a public health response; therefore, it is essential that the role of gambling harms is considered in plans to address these14.
14 (Pages 5-14) Recover, restore, renew – Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Annual Report 2020-21 (opens in new tab). NHS Scotland, March 2021
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