Duty in reporting stab woundsBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a3139 (Published 06 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:a3139
- Michael Keegan, policy adviser1
- 1General Medical Council, London NW1 3JN
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 …