Local Turning Point service ‘commended’ in MPs debate

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Shadow Crime and Security Minister, Diana Johnson MP, has commended leading health and social care organisation, Turning Point's, joint working in Wakefield.

In a debate last week by MPs on the Home Affairs Committee's report on Drugs, Diana Johnson said that she saw, "at first hand how collaboration can work effectively when I visited a drugs treatment facility in Wakefield run by Turning Point."

Diana Johnson went on to describe how 'in one building there were police officers, probation officers, social workers and a range of medics and support officers, which works very well" but that "such facilities will depend on the co-operation of the new police and crime commissioners, who will have some responsibility for funding, and the new health and wellbeing boards". Diana Johnson concluded that "we need to keep an eye on how well such facilities continue to be funded under those new PCCs and health and wellbeing boards."

John Shaw, Operations Manager for Turning Point's Substance Misuse services in Wakefield said; "We are very pleased that Ms Johnson has referred to our joint working, it's something we are proud of and fully prioritise given the complex and multiple needs of those we support across Wakefield."