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Letters Public health and knife crime

Tackling the knife violence epidemic requires a radical upgrade in public health investment

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 16 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2116
  1. Laura Cattermole, foundation doctor in public health,
  2. Padmanabhan Badrinath, consultant in public health medicine,
  3. Abdul Razaq, director of public health and protection
  1. Public Health Suffolk, Endeavour House, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich IP1 2BX, UK
  1. p.badrinath{at}

Torjeson asks whether public health strategies can tackle London’s rise in fatal violence.1 Violence costs the NHS £2.9bn (€3.3bn; $3.9bn) annually. It also affects mental wellbeing and freedom to use outdoor spaces and increases the risks of obesity, cancer, and heart disease.2

A recent BBC news article said that making “a direct link between the number of killings and the number of Bobbies on the beat” …

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