I was asked to comment on new figures which show drink-related deaths have hit a 10-year high in Norwich.
This is what I said and you can read more about this issue in the linked article.
“When this government came to power, drug and alcohol services were commissioned, provided and properly funded by the NHS.
“Now we’ve got Tory-run Norfolk County Council squeezing and squeezing new providers of the service because the county is having to make hundreds of millions of pounds of cuts at the behest of their own Conservative government.
“It doesn’t take a genius to work out what happens when, yet again, funding is cut for services facing increasing demand itself created by cuts to other preventative services such as mental health. That’s what’s behind these awful figures.”