Health Secretary Alan Johnson has announced the formation
of the National Alcohol Support Team, which is tasked with helping towns that
have a high number of drink related health issues.
"Health in the most disadvantaged parts of the
country is improving rapidly, but the relative gap is growing and we will do
more to reduce it," Mr Johnson said. "We need to recognize and accept
that health inequalities are everyone's business - not just an issue for the
NHS, but for government and society as a whole."
Furthermore an initiative called "healthy
towns" has also been announced at a cost of £30 million. The initial
target is to reduce health inequalities by 10%. This is measured by the
reduction in infant mortality and increase in life expectancy.
The Alcohol Support
Team will be charged with identifying measures to improve the care for
alcoholics and reduce hospital admissions in this category.