ONS data on alcohol-specific deaths
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the latest ONS data on alcohol-specific deaths, said:
“These are hugely alarming figures coming at a time of swingeing cuts to alcohol misuse services.
“After years of public health cuts we are facing a crisis in substance misuse services and some of the most vulnerable in society are paying a desperate and tragic price.
“Currently Government ministers have pencilled in an additional £1 billion of cuts to health services next year encompassing public health budgets.
“Given the scale of unmet need for alcohol misuse support, we’re today calling on the Health Secretary to guarantee these cuts are reversed in the imminent NHS Long Term Plan.”