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Commentary: We never again want to say, “I’m sorry, your child has died”

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 05 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l113

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How medical teams are coping with rising knife crime

  1. Adam Brooks, director1,
  2. John-Joe Reilly, specialist trainee in general surgery2,
  3. Carla Hope, specialist trainee in general surgery2
  1. 1East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to: A Brooks adam.brooks{at}

Although much of the media focus on knife crime has been on London,1 the epidemic of violence is occurring across the UK, as Emma Wilkinson’s article makes clear.2 Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham provides care to a population of four million across the East Midlands and has the UK’s largest major trauma centre. On average the centre now sees one patient a week with severe life threatening knife injuries, a fourfold increase over the past five years. Of most concern is that in 2018 we resuscitated 28 children with serious knife wounds, 50% more than in the previous year. Our data show that these young victims of violent crime are more likely than their peers to present to …

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