Monday, 18 January 2010

Booze patients rise by 25%

THE number of people admitted to hospital through alcohol related incidents in Solihull has rocketed by a quarter in two years.

Figures show 2,033 people were admitted in 2008/09 in the borough, up from 1,611 in 2006/07.

Admissions in England rose by 17 per cent.

The figures, uncovered by Labour backbencher Sally Keeble, comes amid growing concern about the impact of alcohol on the NHS.

Earlier this month a report by the NHS Confederation, which represents managers, and the Royal College of Physicians warned of the rising problem facing the NHS.

College president Professor Ian Gilmore said: ““The nation’s growing addiction to alcohol is putting an immense strain on health services, especially in hospitals, costing the NHS over £2.7billion each year.

“This burden is no longer sustainable. The role of the NHS should not just be about treating the consequences of alcohol related-harm but also about active prevention, early intervention, and working in partnership with services in local communities to raise.”

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