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Duty in reporting stab wounds

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 06 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:a3139
  1. Michael Keegan, policy adviser1
  1. 1General Medical Council, London NW1 3JN
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    Doctors should already be telling the police whenever a person arrives at hospital with a wound inflicted in a violent attack with a knife, blade, or other sharp instrument.1 This duty was contained in interim joint guidance from the General Medical Council and the Department of Health in August 2008.

    The police should not …

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