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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