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Health Services: Alcohol

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many regional alcohol managers and associated staff there are in each Government Office Region. (256416)

Every regional public health group has a lead officer within the group, at least part time for alcohol.

Last August the Department gave each of the regions funding to improve their alcohol response by the development of an alcohol office or the appointment of a regional alcohol manager.

The regions who have appointed staff to their new regional offices are as follows:

North East;

North West;

Yorkshire and the Humber;

West Midlands;

East of England (staff come into post in March).

The remaining regions current arrangements are as follows:

East Midlands are employing two part time consultants.

South East has a regional public health group lead official on alcohol who retains this role.

South West and London have not yet appointed someone into the permanent role.

In total, there are currently 10 people in post, either full or part-time.