Liquor ban: Parliament told R1.3 billion will be saved, beds freed

Liquor ban: Parliament told R1.3 billion will be saved, beds freed

- Parliament recently heard how the return of the liquor ban could reduce trauma admissions by 50 000 incidents over eight weeks

- This move is expected to save SA R1.3 billion and help treat around 18 000 Covid-19 patients in general wards alone

- Parliament heard how this relief would only be achieved through a total ban on alcohol

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The alcohol ban has been in the spotlight since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that it would immediately come into effect.

SA Medical Research Council's Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit's Professor Charles Parry provided Parliament with an overview of the expected relief this measure is expected to bring in the wake of immense criticism.

Parry explained how the ban would serve to reduce trauma admissions by 50 000 cases over the course of the next eight weeks.


Parliament heard some positive affects the liquor ban will have in SA. Image: GCIS
Source: UGC

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This would save the healthcare sector R1.3 billion and allow 18 000 Covid-19 patients in general wards or 13 000 in ICU wards to access healthcare during the pandemic.

Parry further claimed that nothing other than totally banning liquor sales would have achieved the same effect and would have been far harder to implement with far less success.

Earlier, had reported that the ban had been received with immense criticism by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA.

In a statement issued in response to the return of the ban, NUMSA told the government not to use it as an excuse to hide its failure to provide a functioning healthcare system:

“Alcohol is not to blame for shortages of hospital beds, the government is. To make matters worse, they unilaterally banned alcohol, with no regard whatsoever for how this will impact on workers in the sector. They have made no plans for workers to receive salaries or some kind of income whilst the ban is in place."

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