Horrifying new figures from NHS England have highlighted the extent of violence now being seen across the country, with youngsters now accounting for more than 1,000 admissions to hospital as a result of assaults with knives or sharp objects.
In 2018 there were 1,012 admissions involving young children and men aged between 10 and 19. That’s up from 656 in 2012-2013 and represents a rise of around 55%. This is seriously disturbing.
Admissions for all injuries involving a sharp object have also increased by around a third since 2012-2013, now up to 4,986.
These figures come off the back of numbers earlier this week that showed the highest number of victims fatally stabbed since records began in 1946.
The National Clinical Director for Trauma, Prof Chris Morgan, said: “Violent crime destroys lives, devastates families, and diverts doctors’ time away from other essential patient care.
“Changes to NHS trauma services have saved an extra 1,600 lives in recent years, but hospital visits linked to knife crime and other violence is a major cause for concern and puts extra pressure on our expert staff.”
The government should listen to the National Chairman of the Police Federation: build more prisons and start giving criminal thugs far harsher sentences to act as a much stronger deterrent.