NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE: ALCOHOL
The National Audit Office has published a report on Reducing Alcohol Harm: health services in England for alcohol misuse.
The report found that a quarter of Primary Care Trusts had not accurately assessed the alcohol problems in their area and that many do not have a strategy for alcohol harm, or a clear picture of their spending on services to address it. In addition the report found that the local provision of specialist services is not based on a good understanding of communitiesâ€™ needs and that there are wide variations between localities.
Alcohol Concern CEO Don Shenker commented that it â€śconfirms that there are wide discrepancies between waiting times and access to treatment between different localities in England. People with alcohol problems still face a postcode lottery of access to alcohol servicesâ€ť.
Alcohol Concernâ€™s press release is available on the AC website here.