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NHS names problem pubs.

HOSPITAL bosses whose staff are assaulted by violent binge-drinkers have declared war on the pubs who serve them, writes EMILY NASH.

Nurses at Birmingham City Hospital will ask problem patients arriving in casualty where they have been drinking and the names of pubs and clubs will then be passed on to police.

Alcohol-related casualties cost the NHS more than pounds 1.8billion a year and there are 300 alcohol-related attacks on its staff every day.

Researcher Dr Carl Griffin collected details of drinkers attending the hospital's casualty department on Friday and Saturday nights. He said: "The data is clear. One in 10 people who are drunk or have been assaulted will end up being admitted to hospital."

If the tactic at Birmingham reduces the number of casualties it is set to be copied by hospitals nationwide.

Birmingham director of public health Dr Jacky Chambers said: "We are sending out a message to pubs that binge-drinking isn't acceptable.

"We will not hesitate to name and shame any bar or club that is turning out drunks who then show up here."
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Date:Jan 31, 2005
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