Shadow health minister meets city alcohol experts

Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott met doctors and nurses in Southampton to find out more about innovative projects to tackle alcohol abuse and liver disease.

The Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington was introduced to University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust by liver specialist Dr Nick Sheron, addiction psychiatrist Dr Julia Sinclair and chairman John Trewby, before meeting staff and patients on the medical wards.

Ms Abbott discussed national alcohol policy with Dr Sheron, a consultant hepatologist at Southampton General Hospital, senior lecturer at the University of Southampton and co-founder of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, and met Debbie Duffy, clinical nurse specialist for alcohol dependency, to look at her work with inpatients during their time in hospital.

During the trip, she also spent time with Sandra Jerrim, alcohol project manager for the Southampton clinical commissioning group, who explained more about the city’s work with patients at home and in the community and a pilot scheme to offer personal health budgets for alcohol detoxification.

She said: “Alcohol abuse is a serious problem that needs radical action and I was keen to see the work being done in Southampton – I want to listen to the experts."

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