NHS England chief attacks foreign betting firms that fail to pay into £10m help fund

Betting firms who sponsor Premier League football clubs have been criticised by the chief executive of NHS England for apparently ignoring the industry's duty to help Britain's estimated 430,000 problem gamblers.

Simon Stevens castigated foreign-owned betting companies for not contributing to a £10m fund which pays for addicts' treatment while leaving the already overburdened health service to “pick up the pieces” from gambling-related mental ill health.

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