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Festive drinkers a grim burden on our hospitals

LAST December, I was admitted to hospital with pneumonia.

I was in the women's acute medical admissions ward. On that Friday, the ward was cleared by moving patients elsewhere, to make space for people who had drunk themselves seriously ill.

It meant that doctors in accident and emergency departments had precious little time to devote to seriously ill people.

It also meant that people with acute illnesses had long waits, deprived of the attention they should have had.


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