May 15, 2019
A leading surgeon has warned that the UK’s knife crime epidemic is having a “ripple effect” across the National Health Service (NHS), causing operations to be cancelled, delays in seeing patients and strains on ambulance services.
The National Clinical Director for Trauma at NHS England, Professor Chris Moran highlighted the growing problem in comments this week, saying: “there’s a large number who’ve got very serious injuries who need the trauma team, they need admission, they need … intensive care… it means operating time is lost, while we do extra emergency cases.”
Explaining that this intense drain on resources caused by unplanned emergency operations caused by surging knife crime in the UK means less time is available for routine work, the top medic continued: “it’s having a significant increase in acute services in the NHS and then a knock-on effect in elective care because you end up cancelling surgery to operate in these cases, a knock-on effect on general practitioners who are having to try and pick up the pieces.”
Lifting the lid on the impact of knife crime on the NHS to British newspaper the Daily Mail, Prof. Moran even said that police had even had to be called to monitor some hospital wards after armed gangs tried to attack patients they had previously injured. He described them as trying to “finish the job” while the victims were in hospital.
This article was posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6:39 am