Emergency hospital admissions due to assault up 30 per cent in four years

The number of hospital admissions in England related to violent crime has risen by 30 per cent in four years, according to the BMJ.

The number of admissions caused by violence is up to six times higher in the most deprived populations than in the most affluent, says the study.
 
The paper's authors say the study shows the contribution violence makes to health inequalities and estimate it costs the NHS £2.2 billion pounds a year.

Shadow Conservative home secretary Dominic Grieve said it was evidence of the government's failure to tackle violent crime.

The paper, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, found that 120,000 people required emergency treatment as a result of violent crime between 2002 and 2006 in England.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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