August 1, 2008
Pounds 3m Bill of Knife and Gun Victims ; NHS
By EMILY COOK
INJURIES inflicted by gun and knife crime are costing the NHS more than pounds 3 million a year, a study has revealed.
Stabbings accounted for almost three-quarters of penetrative injuries with an average of pounds 7,196 per victim.
Firearm injuries, accounting for nearly a fifth of cases, cost on average pounds 10,307 a patient.
The study looked at injuries leading to immediate admissions for three or more days, or death within 93 days.
A total of 1,365 patients were admitted to 121 hospitals in England and Wales from 2000 to December 2005.
More than nine in 10 were male, with 30 the average age.
Dr Fiona Lecky of the Trauma Audit Research Network said: "It should be borne in mind most of the cost comes through legal costs, loss of productive tax-payers in deaths and long-term care.
"Trauma is the most expensive and neglected "disease" to society as it mainly affects young tax-paying people."
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