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BMA ‘frustrated’ over minimum alcohol pricing rejection

12th November 2010

The British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland has reacted negatively to news that proposals to implement a minimum alcohol price have been rejected.

During the final parliamentary debate on the Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill, MSPs chose not to proceed with plans to implement the measure as a means of reducing the ease of access to cheap alcohol in the country.

Dr Brian Keighley, chairman of the BMA in Scotland, said he is "frustrated and disappointed" over the decision, suggesting that many MSPs had made up their minds on political grounds without considering the evidence in healthcare terms.

He said the ruling represents a failure to exploit "a real opportunity to drive forward public health policy", particularly as no "credible alternative" to minimum alcohol pricing was proposed.

Dr Keighley added that he hopes a "mature, non-partisan approach to address Scotland's relationship with alcohol" can be embraced in future.

This comes after charity organisation Alcohol Focus Scotland voiced its support for minimum alcohol pricing last month, saying the level of opposition to the idea was "astonishing".ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800232931-ADNFCR

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