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Hospital stabbings admissions drop

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Figures from the NHS Information Centre show that more than 5,000 people were admitted to hospital in England last year after being assaulted with a knife or other sharp object.

According to a report by the centre, in 2007/08 a total of 5,239 people attended hospital after such an assault. Of these, 609 people were under 18 years of age.

Although the numbers are startling, they are 8.4% lower than the previous year, but up 9.7% compared with four years previously.

In total, 44,337 people were admitted to hospital after an assault, including 5,871 people under 18, and a further 97,871 people went to hospital after self-harming, including 13,798 people under 18.

The report also shows that 1,181 were admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound, 10.2% lower than the previous year and down 13.8% from four years ago.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: ‘Our figures show a continuing increase in admissions to NHS hospitals in England.

‘The figures include a wide range of topics which can cast light on society and the pressures on the NHS, including a decrease in admissions for gun shot injuries and assault by sharp objects, and an increase in admissions for drug poisoning. This provides important evidence for policy makers and the public.’

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  • The Government should keep these culprits busy.The young ones especially the teenagers should either be conscripted into the National service or engaged in sporting activities.The same kind of laws enacted to prevent indiscriminate use of fire-arms , similar laws should be put in place to prevent violence and stop or at least reduction in knife-crime.

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