BMA and other health bodies walk out of “half hearted” national alcohol plan

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1659
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Several health representative bodies have walked away from a national joint effort to tackle alcohol misuse in England, saying that the government has ignored their opinions and sided with the drinks industry.

The government is expected to unveil a public health responsibility deal on 15 March that will include steps to fight alcohol misuse in England, but the process has been severely undermined by the defection of the health bodies.

The BMA, the Royal College of Physicians, Alcohol Concern, the British Association for the Study of the Liver, the British Liver Trust, and the Institute of Alcohol Studies have withdrawn from the government’s Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network and refused to sign up to the overall public …

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