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Hospitals should tell police about knife wounds, says GMC

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 18 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1345
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

    Doctors should tell the police when a patient comes to hospital with a knife wound that is likely to have been inflicted by someone else, says interim guidance from the General Medical Council and the Department of Health.

    If the wound was unintentional or self inflicted, the police don’t need to be told, the guidance says. But where there is any doubt about how the injury might have happened, clinical staff should consult with an experienced colleague for advice, it recommends.

    Speedy reporting could prevent further harm, including a further attack on the patient, staff, …

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