Addiction centre planned in honour of Amy Winehouse
The father of Amy Winehouse has said he wants to tackle the long delay that people face while waiting to access rehabilitation and addiction treatments.
Mitch Winehouse revealed his plans to set up a foundation and addiction centre in his daughter’s honour during her funeral on Tuesday.
Singer Amy Winehouse, who shot to fame after her ‘Back to Black’ album won her eight Grammy awards, was found dead at her home on Saturday 23 July, aged just 27.
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Despite lots of speculation her death was the result of an ongoing problem with drink and drugs, post-mortem results came back as being inconclusive.
Speaking at her cremation, Mitch Winehouse revealed his plans to start a foundation to help people who are suffering from substance addiction.
“If you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two-year waiting list for help,” he said.
He also said before her death his daughter had been “trying hard to deal with her drinking” and she had “conquered” her addiction to drugs.
Meanwhile, the MP Keith Vaz has said he will help Mitch in his efforts after he gave evidence in 2009 during a Commons home affairs select committee inquiry into drugs.
“I am very happy to help Mitch in any way I can with his important campaign to help rehabilitate those most vulnerable in our society," said Vaz.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”