In July 2005 the Scottish Government introduced a ban on premium rate numbers when calling the NHS. However, this did not include 084 numbers. The policy was reiterated in 2011 and guidance was issued to NHS Boards stating that no one calling a GP practice should be charged more than the equivalent of calling a geographical number.
The European Union must act to combat alcohol-related harm, a Lords report urges today. New action by the EU should focus on measures it can take itself rather than relying on Member State action alone.
There is a continuing outbreak of botulism amongst people who inject heroin in Scotland. To date there have been 37 cases (13 confirmed, 22 probable, and 2 possible) and three deaths. To date there have been no cases in Grampian.
The main piece of legislation that controls the sale of alcohol is the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. The Act balances the rights of the majority who drink responsibly with the need to protect local communities from nuisance and crime associated with alcohol misuse.
European Parliament’s Public Health committee calls for better drinks labeling as part of a new Alcohol Strategy to reduce harm
The European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety supported a resolution calling for a new EU strategy to tackle health harm from alcohol to be put into action for 2016-2022. The Resolution also emphasizes the importance of better labeling of alcoholic drinks including ingredients and nutritional information.
European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) welcomes the initiative from the Brewers of Europe to provide ingredients and nutritional information for their products. Eurocare has been calling for this since 2008.