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Doctors in UK alcohol network may refuse to sign action pledge because it is too weak

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 23 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1224
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Doctors in the UK government’s “responsibility deal” network on alcohol are considering refusing to sign the group’s plan of action because the policies don’t go far enough in tackling the price and availability of alcohol.

The health secretary, Andrew Lansley, set up five such networks last summer. They cover alcohol, food, physical activity, health at work, and behaviour change in general and are made up of representatives of the government, industry, and healthcare organisations.

The threat by members of the alcohol group comes in the same week that an editorial in the Lancet by liver disease specialists predicted that an additional 250 000 people could die over the next 20 years if the government fails to take decisive action to tackle alcohol abuse in England and Wales (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60022-6).

The comment piece in the Lancet says that the government should act now to limit the price and availability of alcohol and …

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