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Call to devolve minimum unit pricing

Minimum unit pricing for alcohol should be devolved to the Welsh Government, doctors leaders have said.

BMA Cymru Wales have joined medical royal colleges to argue that the power reserved for the Westminster Government should instead be held by the Welsh Assembly.

In a letter to Welsh secretary Alun Cairns, they state their ‘great concern’ at the lack of any plan from the Westminster Government to introduce a MUP (minimum unit price), unlike in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

‘We believe that an [MUP] for alcohol in Wales would lead to a reduction in alcohol-related illnesses and harm, including addiction and social problems,’ the letter says.

The letter was co-signed by the medical royal colleges of GPs, psychiatrists and paediatrics and child health, plus the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Wales.

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