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Injuries: Offensive Weapons

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) gun shot and (b) knife wounds the NHS has treated in the last 12 months. (156834)

Information is not collected on the number of gun shot and knife wounds the national health service has treated.

Information is available however on those patients who were actually admitted to hospital for gun shot and knife injuries (these figures do not include patients who were treated in accident and emergency departments for gun shot/knife injuries and not admitted). Those cause codes that appear relevant are presented in the following table.

Count of finished admission episodes for gun shot and knife wound injuries 2005-06: NHS hospitals, England

Count

W32

Handgun discharge

44

W33

Rifle shotgun and larger firearm discharge

73

X72

Intentional self-harm by handgun discharge

10

X73

Intent self-harm by rifle shotgun and larger firearm discharge

17

X93

Assault by handgun discharge

44

X94

Assault by rifle shotgun and larger firearm discharge

51

Y22

Handgun discharge undetermined intent

9

Y23

Rifle shotgun and larger firearm discharge undetermined intent

11

Total

259

W26

Contact with knife sword or dagger

5,321

Notes:

1. Finished admission episodes.:

A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

2. Cause code:

The cause code is a supplementary code that indicates the nature of any external cause of injury, poisoning or other adverse effects.

3. Ungrossed data:

Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics, The Information Centre for health and social care