'Inform police about stab victims'

Doctors should inform the police when faced with a stab victim, the GMC has said.

Interim draft guidance on knife wounds says that, where there are signs of a violent attack, quick reporting of such attacks may prevent further incidents.

But it also says that doctors should only disclose patients’ personal details with their consent, or where failure to do so would risk serious harm.

The interim guidance is intended to clarify doctors’ responsibilities and to address heightened concerns about knife crime.

The GMC will consult on final guidelines next month.

The document follows earlier guidance on gun-shot wounds, introduced in 2003. You can read it here:

Reporting Knife Wounds

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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