Letters Knife crime victims

Disclosing identity is not sensible or effective

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7014 (Published 20 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7014
  1. Adrian A Boyle, consultant emergency physician1,
  2. Fiona Lecky, senior lecturer 2
  1. 1Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK
  2. 2Manchester University, Manchester, UK
  1. adrian.boyle{at}addenbrookes.nhs.uk

We are worried by proposals that patient identifiable data concerning knife crime victims should be shared with the police.1 There is little robust evidence that this is an effective way to reduce knife crime. We worry that this will discourage victims from seeking …

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