Robin Burgess and Zoë Osmond respond to an editorial about the gambling industry and the need for tighter regulation

Your editorial (14 March) helpfully argues that it is time the government recognised the public harm that gambling does. It refers to the recent appeal from senior doctors that there should be a statutory levy on the gambling industry to pay for treatment for gambling dependency.

From 2004-06, I ran the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, the body then responsible for raising “voluntary” funds from the industry to pay for research, education and treatment. It was evident then that voluntary funding was inadequate, and I costed full national treatment needs and campaigned internally with the industry and the government to impose a statutory levy to pay for it.

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