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Time to tackle Alcohol-related admissions

(October 21, 2014)

Steve Front Line NHS

Walton MP Steve Rotheram is urging Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, to get a grip of alcohol-related hospital admissions and lobby the chancellor to raise the minimum unit price of alcohol in the autumn statement.

The Chancellor will make his autumn statement in December and after getting hold of government figures, Steve says now is the time to act.

“Over the course of a 12 month period, 202,278 hospital admissions were related to alcohol. That is almost 17,000 a month and 4, 000 a week. That is a phenomenal drain on our public resources and the NHS.

“The North West of England came out on top with the highest number of alcohol-related hospital admissions but nationally there more than 1.2 million in the space of a year. No country can carry on at such unsustainable levels and turn a blind eye to them.

“We have a golden opportunity in the autumn statement to raise the minimum price of a unit of alcohol which would stop people being able to buy the cheap, high volume drink in supermarkets and off licences, so easily. The chancellor needs to be bold enough to stand up to the special interests and the Health Secretary needs to be making the case for Liverpool and the NHS as a whole. Whilst minimum alcohol pricing will not by itself solve this problem, it is a step in the right direction”.  

Strategic Health Authority of Treatment

Emergency admission

via a GP

Hospital admissions

North East

4,835

85,872

North West

11,686

202,278

Yorkshire And The Humber

7,694

133,076

East Midlands

5,796

83,266

West Midlands

8,660

134,613

East of England

7,813

121,948

London

1,512

181,824

South East Coast

4,709

90,870

South Central

5,909

68,867

South West

11,843

129,849

Total 3

70,457

1,232,464

Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Health & Social Care Information Centre

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