In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, a group of 20 doctors claim minimum pricing would help resolve the current reported A&E crisis
"Successive governments have failed to enact evidence-based policies that would save lives and ease pressure on the health, policing and criminal justice systems,” they write.
The letter states: “A 50p minimum unit price for alcohol, regulation to protect children from alcohol marketing, improved alcohol labelling and the establishment of alcohol care teams with specialist consultants and nurses are simple measures, none of which would punish responsible drinkers, that must be adopted urgently in order to reduce pressures on A&E departments.”
Signatories to the letter include Prof Sir Ian Gilmore, past president of the Royal College of Physicians and chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance, who has long campaigned for the introduction of minimum unit pricing.
The Government shelved plans for its introduction in 2013, instead opting for a ban on selling alcohol at below cost price.