Minimum unit pricing must be implemented in England ‘without delay’

21 January 2018: Leading representatives from the health, homelessness, children’s and religious sectors, along with 45 Parliamentarians, have today called for the Westminster government to introduce minimum unit pricing in England without delay.

The call comes in a letter to the Sunday Times. It is reproduced, with all signatories, totalling over 100, below.

Sir,

Tomorrow in Parliament the Health and Home Affairs Select Committees will consider the case for minimum unit pricing of alcohol. We urge ministers to implement this measure in England immediately.

Lives will be lost unnecessarily if Westminster delays further on MUP. In Scotland, MUP was delayed by 5 years because of challenges from sections of the alcohol industry. We know from data out today that a similar delay in England could cost 1,148 lives, lead to 182,000 alcohol-related crimes taking place, cost the NHS £326 million and cause a financial loss to society valued at over at least £1 billion.

These numbers will only increase the longer minimum pricing is delayed – and these costs are all entirely avoidable. The government should act now.

Yours sincerely

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair, Alcohol Health Alliance UK

Colin Shevills, Director, Balance, the North East Alcohol Office

Katherine Brown, Chief Executive, the Institute of Alcohol Studies

Jeremy Swain, Chief Executive, Thames Reach

Dr Kieran Moriarty, British Society of Gastroenterology

Dr Zul Mirza, Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Professor Jane Dacre, President, Royal College of Physicians

Janet Davies, CEO and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health

Professor Colin Drummond, Addictions Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists

President, Dr Liam Brennan, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Dr Linda Harris, Royal College of General Practitioners, Substance Misuse and Associated Health group

Professor David Galloway, President, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, BMA board of science chair

Professor Nick Sheron, Head of Clinical Hepatology, University of Southampton

Professor Linda Bauld, Deputy Director, UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies

Professor Roger Williams, CBE, Director, Institute of Hepatology London

Professor Carrie MacEwen, Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Alison Cox, Director for Prevention, Cancer Research UK

Professor Richard Horton, Editor, The Lancet

Dr Dominique Florin, Medical Director, Medical Council on Alcohol

Lt. Colonel David E Kelly, Secretary for Communications, The Salvation Army

Jill Baker, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

The Revd Kevin Watson, and Mr Alan Yates, Moderators of General Assembly of the United Reformed Church

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive, The Children’s Society

Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Former first Children’s Commissioner for England

Ron Hogg, Durham Crime and Victims’ Commissioner

Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland

Dame Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner, Northumbria

Dr Peter Rice, Chair, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems

Dr Eric Carlin, Director, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems

Alison Douglas, Chief Executive, Alcohol Focus Scotland

Fiona Bruce MP

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Alex Cunningham MP

Dr Caroline Lucas MP

Mary Glindon MP

Rt Hon Frank Field MP

Martyn Day MP

General Lord Ramsbotham GCB CBE

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP

Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP

Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge DBE MP

Professor Sheila Baroness Hollins

The Earl of Listowel

Lord Rennard MBE

Baroness Masham of Ilton

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP

Rachael Maskell MP

Grahame Morris MP

Lord Shipley OBE

Neil Gray MP

Baroness Hayter

Marie Rimmer CBE MP

Ronnie Campbell MP

Helen Hayes MP

Sandy Martin MP

Paul Flynn MP

Chris Law MP

Gavin Newlands MP

John McNally MP

Douglas Chapman MP

Dr Philippa Whitford MP

Peter Grant MP

Ronnie Cowan MP

Hannah Bardell MP

Chris Stephens MP

Alison Thewliss MP

Deidre Brock MP

Stewart Malcolm McDonald MP

David Linden MP

Drew Hendry MP

Stewart Hosie MP

Carol Monaghan MP

Patricia Gibson MP

Marion Fellows MP

Chris Bryant MP

Prof Frank Murray, Chairman, Alcohol Health Alliance (Ireland)

Nicola Close, Chief Executive, Association of Directors of Public Health

Dr Rupert Suckling, Chair of the Association of Directors of Public Health Yorkshire and the Humber

Rob Poole, Professor of Social Psychiatry, Bangor University

Nigel Bongard, Terry Martin and Debby Peirson, Trustees, Alcohelp

Diane Goslar, patient representative, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Professor John Middleton, President, Faculty of Public Health

Catherine Chiang and Dr Jane Bethea, Co-chairs, Alcohol Special Interest Group, Faculty of Public Health

Justina Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs

Dr Modi Mwatsama, Director of Policy, UK Health Forum

Dr Chris Record, Newcastle University

Graham Beech, Chief Executive, Action on Addiction

Dr Anne De Bono, President, Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Dr Richard Piper, Chief Executive, Alcohol Research UK/Alcohol Concern

Judi Rhys, Chief Executive, British Liver Trust

Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Cardiff University

Professor Matthew Cramp, BASL President

Revd Lynn Green, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain

Caroline Moye, Head of World Cancer Research Fund UK

Deborah Jenkins, Interim CEO, Blenheim CDP

Paul Prosser, Head of Welfare Services, NOAH Enterprise