The Welsh Government announced yesterday it’s plans to inject a further £2.4M into plans to help treat alcohol-related liver disease.
The Government says the extra money will be ploughed into a national awareness campaign.
The news follows Office of National Statistics data revealing an increase in deaths caused by alcohol-related liver disease in Wales.
The number of deaths due to liver disease has stubbornly increased year-on-year for more than two decades now.
Health experts blame this rise on alcoholism, obesity and blood-borne viral hepatitis.
Many criticise the Welsh Government’s proposal as ‘too little, too late’.
The £2.4m cash injection is to be spread between now and 2018.
The extra cash is said to be part of the Welsh Government’s wider ‘Together for Health” campaign.
Some of the money will fund what’s being termed ‘Alcohol Care Teams’ throughout the country. These teams offer ‘outpatient’ or ‘secondary care’ to patients who have recently been discharged from a hospital.
It is believed around £1m of the cash will be injected into Alcohol Care Teams.
Since these teams are to operate throughout Wales, it’s unclear whether £1m will be enough to harness and meaningful change.
The Welsh Government hopes this arrangement will help avoid many ‘re-admissions’ for alcohol related illness. It is also hoped the establishment of Alcohol Care Teams will take the strain off other secondary care provider operating in Wales.