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Compulsory reporting of stabbings is no panacea for knife crime, surgeon tells MPs

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 27 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2767
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Any move to put doctors under an automatic duty to report stabbings to the police should involve careful thought, a leading trauma surgeon has told MPs.

    Karim Brohi, from Barts and The London NHS Trust, told the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, “The issue [of reporting stabbing] has to be much more carefully thought about than ‘if we report them to police everyone will be caught and everything will be all right.’ It’s a lot deeper than that.”

    The committee is considering the problem of the growing number of stabbings among teenagers and trying to identify causes and suggest action. One option is to recommend making knife injuries automatically reportable, …

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