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Response from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to the NCEPOD report “Measuring the Units”

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14 Jun 2013


Today saw the launch of NCEPOD's (National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death) review of patients who died with alcohol-related liver disease - "Measuring the Units".

Commenting on the report RCSEd's Honorary Secretary and the Immediate-Past Honorary Treasurer of NCEPOD, Professor Graham Layer, said:

"The College would like to congratulate NCEPOD on the launch of their well-researched report concerning Alcohol Related Liver Disease. This is a very welcome report and raises many issues and challenges for the medical profession and other health professionals and, indeed, for the commissioners. Alcohol is a major health risk and the more the public are made aware of the risks of alcohol the better.

"This study follows in a long line of outstanding documents from NCEPOD which are hugely influential. This specific report will certainly influence the practice of gastroenterologists, hepatologists, nurse specialists and others including general and specialist hepatobiliary surgeons.

"The College is delighted to have the privilege of having an observer on its Steering Group and to have been given the opportunity of an early viewing of this work. We will continue to support NCEPOD in all its worthy aims."

You can read the report here.

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