GPs call for minimum alcohol pricing in pre-Budget submission
on 10/10/2013 17:10:04
In it's pre-budget submission published today, the professional body for general practice is also highlighting five key areas which it believes the government should prioritise in next week's budget.
The ICGP wants the government to develop and fund services for patients with diabetes, as well as ensuring access to diagnostics is more equal.
Dr. Darach O'Ciardha, spokesperson for the Irish College of General Practitioners, said minimum pricing would benefit public health.
Alcohol harm reduction is obviously a key concern," he sad. "GPs see the harmful 4effects of alcohol on patients on a daily basis."
"So we would be calling for measures in terms of minimum pricing on alcohol, [which] has shown to have an effect on harm reduction.
The College joins the country's main medical professional body, the Irish Medical Organisation, on calling for minimum unit pricing to combat ill effects of excess alcohol consumption.