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Surgeons call for identity of knife crime victims to be shared with police

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6579
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland is calling for all hospital accident and emergency departments to share information about knife crime with the police as “standard practice”—including non-anonymised data such as the victim’s identity.

At the moment about 100 A&E departments in the United Kingdom, around two thirds of the total, have started logging details of violent injuries and sharing this information with the police, although only 50 are sharing their data fully.

But in a consensus statement this week from the first joint surgical and police conference on knife crime, the association and the …

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