There was plenty to celebrate last week. A whole load of people came to Manchester for the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2015. When I was there speakers included, Ian Williamson; Simon Stevens; David Dalton, Jeremy Hunt, Devi Shetty (someone I am hoping to meet up with in India later this year), Tami Grey Thompson and Jane Cummings. It was a great gathering and really allowed the plans and early achievements for 'Devo Manc' to be effectively showcased.
However, having a good time has left me with a slight hangover. And nobody knows what causes a hangover. In a piece of research undertaken by University College London and presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Conference last week, noted that while we don’t know what causes a hangover, we also don’t know what might cure a hangover. A research study conducted by researchers from Canada and Holland surveyed nearly 900 students and their approaches to dealing with a hangover. 54% chose to eat fatty food and heavy breakfasts, and 70% also drank water before going to bed.
here, but essentially the message is if you want to avoid a hangover, drink less alcohol. Members of the Scottish Parliament are trying to do that through the introduction of a minimum unit price for the sale of all alcohol. The Scottish government have argued that minimum pricing is vital to address Scotland’s 'unhealthy relationship with drink'. Way back in 2012 MSPs passed legislation which set the minimum unit price at 50p. However implementation of this law has been delayed as the European Court of Justice fear its implementation may infringe free trade agreements.