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SHAAP's Report on the Views of Alcohol Frequent Attenders at Royal Alexandra Hospital

  • Submitted by: Jamie Greene, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 July 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-10036
  • Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the report by Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), entitled A Qualitative Study of the Views of Alcohol Frequent Attenders at Royal Alexandra Hospital, Renfrewshire; understands that the report highlights the need for improved services for individuals who are repeatedly hospitalised due to alcohol, known as alcohol frequent attenders; further understands that alcohol frequent attenders are an extremely complex group, with specific treatment and care needs; believes that alcohol continues to cause a significant amount of harm in Scotland, including in the West Scotland region, and places major strain upon the NHS; understands that, every day in Scotland, over 100 people on average are hospitalised and around three people lose their lives because of alcohol; further understands that it is essential that people who are frequently attending hospital due to alcohol are identified as early as possible, and notes the view that a rapidly available, effective treatment service should be available for them; notes the calls from the report authors and SHAAP that consideration should be given to designing a unique and dedicated service for the complex needs of alcohol frequent attenders to support recovery, particularly with reference to gender, mental health and trauma needs, and further notes the suggestion from SHAAP that such interventions may result in reduced alcohol harm and lives saved.

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Craig Hoy, Monica Lennon, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Liam McArthur, Edward Mountain, Douglas Ross, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle