NHS told to log all pa­tients with knif­ing in­juries

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HOS­PI­TALS will be told to iden­tify knife­crime hotspots by log­ging ev­ery pa­tient who shows up with a knife wound.

Health Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock said the NHS needed to do more to ‘root out the ter­ri­ble seeds of vi­o­lence’.

Cur­rently, hos­pi­tals log data only on pa­tients ad­mit­ted to wards with wounds caused by knives or other sharp ob­jects.

New pro­pos­als would re­quire them to re­port vic­tims sent home with less se­ri­ous in­juries. Anonymised data will be sent to po­lice forces, who may put more of­fi­cers on pa­trol in hotspots.

Yes­ter­day Mr Han­cock held a round­table in Down­ing Street to dis­cuss the role the NHS could play in tack­ling ris­ing lev­els of knife crime. He said: ‘Ev­ery part of gov­ern­ment has a role to play, fo­cus­ing on pre­ven­tion first...’

Mean­while, a re­port by the All Par­lia­men­tary Group on Knife Crime yes­ter­day es­ti­mated that 21 young­sters a day were turn­ing up in hos­pi­tals with knife wounds or sim­i­lar in­juries.

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