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Alcohol care teams to be rolled out as part of the NHS long-term plan

Alcohol care teams are set to be rolled out in hospitals with the highest number of alcohol-related admissions, as part of the NHS long-term plan, NHS England has announced.

The new teams will be targeted to the 25% worst-affected parts of the country and aim to prevent 50,000 admissions and nearly 250,000 bed days over five years.

NHS England said it will also roll-out a scheme to help half-a-million patients stop smoking, including pregnant women and their partners, with all smokers admitted to hospital being encouraged to quit.

To maximise the effectiveness of the new plans, NHS England explained areas with the greatest level of need will be prioritised in order to help 600,000 people quit over the next five years.

The two schemes will provide 20–40 minute advice sessions and personalised feedback to people about their level of health risk.

The services are based on a ones already running in Manchester, which is expected to save £10m and over 30,000 hospital beds across the city.

BMA board of science chair Professor Dame Parveen Kumar welcomed the plan but said more needed to be done on public health.

She said: ‘As well as the implementation of these services in the NHS, the Government needs to introduce broader measures, such a minimum unit pricing for beer, wines and spirits, to achieve a largescale improvement in the population’s health.

‘It is welcome that the Government is beginning to recognise the importance of prevention and must now ensure that these plans are deliverable, sustainable, and serve the long-term needs of the public.’

PHE chief executive Duncan Selbie said: ‘Investing in prevention is the smartest thing the NHS can do. Tobacco kills 1,500 people a week so helping people to quit when admitted to hospital helps them, their families and the taxpayer.’

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: ‘The NHS long term plan delivers a sea-change in care for a range of major conditions like cancer, mental ill health and heart disease, as well as stepping up to do more on preventing ill health in the first place by giving patients the support they need to take greater control of their own health and stay fitter longer.’

Last year, a major Pulse investigation revealed that nine out of ten councils had cut their budgets for sexual health, alcohol misuse and weight management services for 2018/19, after brutal cuts from central government.

Readers' comments (11)

  • Better title?
    “TOP Doctors disengenously waffle”
    (or couldn’t organise a pixx-up in a brewery)

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  • AlanAlmond

    Why are they finding this in hospitals and NOT the community? I just don’t understand the f£&kwits running the NHS.

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  • AlanAlmond

    Funding not finding ..fecking shite iPhone autocorrect.

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  • AlanAlmond
    It’s cos the ‘...fecking shite iPhone autocorrect’ knows that stupid ‘f£&kwits running the NHS’ have no intention of ‘funding’ anything and are incapable of ‘finding’ their own arse.

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  • AlanAlmond

    DecorumEst | Salaried GP07 Jan 2019 2:10am
    Absolutely

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  • Surely we already have this?
    most large towns have a Drug and Alcohol Team?
    In addition, St John run specialised teams to care for inebriated students during Freshers' week at various University towns.

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  • David Banner

    And yet a 3 litre bottle of 7.5 percent Zeppelin Cider costs £4.25 from Bargain Booze, about 18 pence per unit.
    Minimum unit pricing may be politically unpopular, but it really is the only answer, not the sticking plasters currently on offer.

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  • |David Banner | GP Partner/Principal|07 Jan 2019 1:37pm

    Go deeper David. pricing it at £5 a unit, would mean people buy less, but the socialised welfare and healthcare system still enables people by throwing money at them. No the only answer is to make supposed 'adults' fully responsible for their decisions, including financially, for their personal health and wellbeing.

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  • AlanAlmond

    Christopher Ho | GP Partner/Principal07 Jan 2019 2:53pm - there has to be some form of safety net to catch the imbeciles and inadequates who aren’t as clever as you Christopher - unless you know you could be truly comfortable living in a society where you turn a blind eye to their fate, comfortable to step over their sleeping feral children as you make your way to your nice car to get to your nice job - cause they’d deserve it, cause they were stupid and you were wise. I don’t know about you but that doesn’t seem much of a place to live to me.

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  • Keeping my ice cold beer in the fridge to remove from another crap day is the only alcohol care that works for me.

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