Plans to make Bolton more family friendly may cut alcohol-related hospital admissions, says expert

Dr Kieran Moriarty

Dr Kieran Moriarty

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

PLANS to transform Bolton town centre and make it more "family friendly" at night may reduce drink-related admissions at the Royal Bolton Hospital, a leading consultant has said.

Dr Kieran Moriarty, a gastroenterologist specialising in alcohol-related illnesses, has spoken in support of the recently launched partnership to improve the town centre and create a more family friendly environment.

He said: “It is likely to result in a reduction in the amount of alcohol-related violence and particular facial injuries.

“These are what we would hope for. On Friday and Saturday evenings, up to 70 to 80 per cent of A&E attendances are related to alcohol.

“Hopefully the measures introduced will reduce that. One particular concern is that there is a huge proportion of facial injuries where the assailant and the victim have been drinking.”

He said he hoped the new partnership would also clamp down on the amount of admissions due to people being drunk.

Dr Moriarty said the work of the partnership should be applauded.

His comments come after licensees, door staff, taxi firms, CCTV operators, Bolton Street Angels, police and Bolton Council joined forces to attract more families and older people to the town centre in the evenings.

The partnership is looking to shake off the town’s reputation as being a place just for revellers.

The changes, which were announced last month, include minimum alcohol prices, a dress code to enter bars, taxi marshals and temporary road closures.

The group says there is still a place for revellers but it wants the town centre to appeal to all ages.

The partnership hopes to be in the running for Purple Flag status, which recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night, in the future.

Events will be organised to tie in with Bolton Ironman in July and the Bolton Food and Drink Festival in August.

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11:11am Thu 20 Mar 14

Ernagy2 says...

This is a great idea, but Government needs to tackle cheap supermarket booze. Most people have had a skinful before they hit the towns. Dealing with cheap supermarket booze would be more likely to cut these incidents.

Education and cheaper soft drinks as well as pubs selling teas and coffees and not just booze would also help.
This is a great idea, but Government needs to tackle cheap supermarket booze. Most people have had a skinful before they hit the towns. Dealing with cheap supermarket booze would be more likely to cut these incidents. Education and cheaper soft drinks as well as pubs selling teas and coffees and not just booze would also help. Ernagy2
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3:12pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Someone is living in Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Bolton would die a death if the boozer shut down due to prohibitive measures.

Sad fact: Bolton's economy is largely dependent on the nighttime activities of the general public, this includes the beer dash of many.

I hardly think that people would be bringing families with children into town after 9pm. People would question parents bringing children into town late on.
Someone is living in Cloud Cuckoo Land. Bolton would die a death if the boozer shut down due to prohibitive measures. Sad fact: Bolton's economy is largely dependent on the nighttime activities of the general public, this includes the beer dash of many. I hardly think that people would be bringing families with children into town after 9pm. People would question parents bringing children into town late on. Beyond News Forum
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