BMA Scotland warns of 'missed opportunity' over alcohol pricing

BMA leaders have hit out at Scottish parliament MPs after they rejected plans for a minimum price on alcohol.

The move was rejected after a final debate on Scotland’s Alcohol Bill.

BMA Scotland chairman Dr Brian Keighley said: ‘This is a missed opportunity for our parliamentarians who had a real opportunity to drive forward public health policy, not just in Scotland but in the rest of the world.

‘All politicians acknowledge that price is a significant factor in the level of alcohol consumption, so it is particularly disappointing that opponents voted down minimum pricing but did not propose any credible alternative.’

The BMA published a letter earlier this week signed by 165 people from leading organisations urging politicians to ‘put party politics to one side and make a positive choice for Scotland by backing minimum pricing of alcohol.

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