Alcohol Related Disease (2010)
Alcohol Related Disease: Meeting the Challenge of Improved Quality of care and Better Use of Resources
A Joint Position Paper by BSG/BASL/AHA
Alcohol misuse and alcohol-related problems, especially binge drinking and alcohol-related liver disease, are major public health concerns. Recently, much attention has focused on social policy and measures to reduce drinking. There is an additional need to provide care for a large and growing group of patients with alcohol-related problems, where national quality standards are lacking and the absence of coordinated policies means care is imperfect and spending is poorly targeted and ineffective.
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Addendum: 9th November 2010
BSG/Alcohol Health Alliance urge SHAs to invest in alcohol services to reduce hospital readmissions
A recent letter from David Florey CBE, NHS Deputy Chief Executive, has urged PCTs and SHAs to develop these plans to ensure that patients who are discharged from hospital receive ongoing and seamless care that will reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. £70 million has been made available to do this. The BSG and Alcohol Health Alliance have written to SHAs to encourage them to invest in alcohol services. The following links will take you to the letter and briefing document, which may be useful to you in encouraging investment locally.