Alcohol-related behaviour costs NHS in Tayside over 1.6 million a year in ambulance call outs.

15 February 2010

Marlyn Glen has commented on figures she has received suggesting that alcohol-related behaviour is costing the NHS in Tayside over 1.6 million a year in ambulance call outs.

Over 27,000 ambulance incidents were recorded in the latest year.

Research indicates that a quarter of such call outs are related to incidents connected with alcohol.

The average cost of an ambulance call out in Tayside is 244.

Ms. Glen said,

"These figures show how substantial amounts of money and resources are being drained away from crucial NHS services by alcohol-fuelled behaviour that is both preventable and damaging to health.

"The evidence is clear - too much, too often drunk by a few costs the NHS too much, too often."

" Irresponsible drinking puts the ambulance service under strain.

" Less care and attention can be devoted to those who really need their assistance if ambulance crew members have to deal with injuries and illness due to alcohol -related behaviour"



Scottish Government research suggests that 25 per cent of all ambulance incidents are alcohol-related

Number of ambulance incidents in Tayside in the latest year = 27,825
Number related to alcohol = 25 per cent , therefore the number is 6,956
Cost per incident = 244
So cost of alcohol-related ambulance call out to the NHS in Tayside is = 6,956 x 244 = 1.69 million per year

Parliamentary Questions

Scottish Executive

Ambulance Service

Marlyn Glen : To ask the Scottish Executive how many emergency ambulance incidents there were in NHS Tayside in the last year for which information is available.

Nicola Sturgeon: The Scottish Ambulance Service have advised that in 2008-09 there were 27,825 emergency ambulance incidents in NHS Tayside. This is made up of 10,872 category A calls (life threatening) and 16,953 category B calls (serious but not life threatening).

Marlyn Glen : To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is of an accident and emergency ambulance incident.

Nicola Sturgeon: The average cost of ambulance activity is published annually in the ISD Scotland Cost Book.

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