Hospital admissions for assault have risen in the last year despite Government attempts to clamp down on violence, and particularly knife crime, Liberal Democrat analysis of Government statistics has found.
Despite the launch of the Government’s Tackling Knives Action Programme in 10 areas in June 2008, hospital admissions for violence have increased by more than 2% in those areas and more than 3% elsewhere between 2007/08 and 2008/09.
The Government has also failed to roll out the hugely successful ‘Cardiff Model’, in which hospitals share information with police to identify violent crime hot spots, which reduced woundings by 40% in the city.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Huhne said:
“This failure to cut violence is particularly shocking because ministers have failed to roll out methods across the country that have been proved to work in reducing woundings.
“A simple change where officers intensively police violence hot spots identified from hospital data has been shown to reduce woundings by 40 %, yet the Government has still failed to bang Home Office and Health Department heads together.”