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MPs grill DH on alcoholism

21st November 2008

Department of Health officials have been question by MPs at a Commons public accounts committee meeting over alcohol dependency figures published by the National Audit Office.

MPs suggested that people should be forced to get help and that the Department of Health should put more pressure on primary care trusts to improve access to services. Chairman Edward Leigh asked why PCTs spent £197 a head for dependant drinkers but £1,744 per head on drug treatment. The DH acknowledged PCTs needed a "stronger grip" on service planning.

 

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