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BSG comment on Lansley public health speech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7TH JULY 2010

Responding the Secretary of State for Health's speech today at the UK Faculty of Public Health, the President of the British Society of Gastroenterology, Professor Jon Rhodes said:

"The British Society of Gastroenterology welcomes the Secretary of State's speech today and his continued emphasis on improved outcomes. The prevention agenda in public health is a crucial one for the ongoing health of the nation but it is important to note the need for urgent action to prevent the sharp rises in alcohol related ill health that is being seen in hospitals across the UK.

"Whether it's A&E admissions over weekends or repeated readmissions for those with the most serious health and psychological problems, there is a strong case for improving and integrating the quality of services provided to patients. This is not just in secondary care but through to the community once they are discharged.

"The BSG has put forward recommendations around a multi-disciplinary team involving consultants, specialist nurses and community outreach to ensure patients are better managed through the system when they present in secondary care. By ensuring that patients get the right advice early on about the level of alcohol consumption, we can begin to ensure harmful drinkers do not repeatedly return for expensive hospital treatment. This approach can improve the outcomes desired by the Secretary of State while also helping to save the NHS money. We look forward to working with him and our colleagues to deliver this."

NOTES

Alcohol Related Disease: Meeting the Challenge of Improved Quality of care and Better Use of Resources - A Joint Position Paper by BSG/BASL/AHA was published in March 2010.

Executive Summary:

http://www.bsg.org.uk/images/stories/docs/clinical/publications/bsg_alc_disease_10.pdf

Full Report:

http://www.bsg.org.uk/images/stories/docs/clinical/publications/bsg_alc_disease_10.pdf

The British Society of Gastroenterology is an organisation focused on the promotion of high standards for clinical services, research, training and education in gastroenterology and hepatology within the UK. It has over three thousand members drawn from the ranks of physicians, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, scientists, nurses, dietitians, and others interested in the field. Founded in 1937 it has grown from a club to be a major force in British medicine.

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