PCTs fail to deal with alcohol harm

PCTs are not meeting their responsibility to tackle alcohol harm, according to the Public Accounts Committee.

Nearly a third of men and a fifth of women in England are regularly drinking more than official guideline limits, the committee revealed in its report on reducing alcohol harm, which was published last week.

However, many PCTs have neither drawn up strategies to tackle alcohol harm in their areas nor know how much they are spending on alcohol services, Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough in Lincolnshire and chairman of the committee, said.

Each PCT should show the progress it has made towards reducing the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in its area, Mr Leigh said.

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