The Coalition Programme for Government includes a commitment to require hospitals to share non-confidential information with the police, so they know where gun and knife crime is happening.
The implementation of this commitment focuses on the date, location and type of all assaults.
This is a key example of information being collected within the NHS and shared with other partners – in an anonymised and aggregated format.
This information can be used to promote a range of local interventions – including targeted policing and more effective licensing decisions. In Cardiff, this approach has shown a sustained reduction of violence-related attendances of up to 40%.
It is also showing promising reductions in violence in other parts of England including the Wirral and Cambridge.
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