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NHS becoming ‘the National Hangover Service’ fumes health boss ahead of Britain’s New Year’s booze up

Saheli December 31, 2016 Health Comments Off on NHS becoming ‘the National Hangover Service’ fumes health boss ahead of Britain’s New Year’s booze up
NHS becoming ‘the National Hangover Service’ fumes health boss ahead of Britain’s New Year’s booze up

A male student is tended to by ambulance staff after a pub crawl

The NHS is becoming the “national hangover service” as medics spend most of their time dealing with Britain’s binge drinking problem, a health boss has fumed.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, slammed “selfish” party-goers in a stark warning as the nation gears up for one of the most alcohol-fuelled nights of the year.

Figures from the health service show that admissions for alcohol-related incidents rocket on the first day of the new year.

Mr Stevens told the Daily Telegraph: “At a time of year when hospitals are always under pressure, caring for a spike in winter emergencies, it’s really selfish to get so blotto that you end up in an ambulance or A&E.

“More than a third of A&E attendances at peak times are caused by drunkenness.

“Casualty nurses and doctors are understandably frustrated about the NHS being used as a national hangover service.

“In our towns and cities this Christmas and new year, the paramedic called to a drunk partygoer passed out on the pavement is an ambulance crew obviously not then available for a genuine medical emergency.”

[Source:-Mirror]

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