Dealing with the rising tide of UK knife crime
This year has witnessed record numbers of deaths and serious penetrating injuries, mainly in young men, from knife wounds in London, as well as several other major cities in the England. Rapid and skilful treatment of the victims of knife crime in major trauma centres can undoubtedly be life-saving, but requires the on-call availability of clinicians experienced in emergency cardiothoracic and abdominal surgery and significantly increases the workload of A&E Departments.
The underlying cause for this current epidemic has been variously ascribed to gang culture, drugs, rising numbers of young males, and diminished policing levels – especially the significant reduction in stop-and-search activity because of anxieties about racial discrimination against young black men.
On the 31st July a meeting is being held at the Royal Society of Medicine 1 Wimpole St London W1 to debate and discuss these issues in depth (click here for further information). Do join us there and also take a moment to post your thoughts about this epidemic as well as your own experience of dealing with the victims of knife crime.