Medics treat 200 serious attack victims

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ALMOST 200 patients suffering injuries from serious assaults were treated by St Helens hospital staff, a new report has revealed.

Across the country the number of victims attending hospital fell from 146,060 to 133,896 last year although Merseyside had one of the worst rates.

It is encouraging to see hospital admissions and A&E attendances due to assault continue to fall. More than 100 hospitals are sharing anonymous information with local community safety teams to help them successfully tackle violence in their communities

A Department of Health spokeswoman

The statistics are part of a report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) that highlights a majority of incidents were injuries sustained by males.

Figures for St Helens NHS show that on 190 occasions patients were admitted last year, at a rate of 10.8 per 10,000 of the population.

Merseyside’s admission rate was 13 per 10,000 which, along with Greater Manchester (7.8) and West Yorkshire (7.7), was among the worst in the country.

A spokesman for St Helens NHS told the Reporter it was not their place to comment on the number of assault victims given that their injuries were not sustained on hospital grounds.

The majority of admissions across the country were recorded as assault by bodily force (18,135, 62.6 per cent) followed by assault by sharp object (3,614, 12.5 per cent), assault by unspecified means (2,142, 7.4 per cent) and assault by blunt object (2,050, 7.1 per cent).

The report said: “A&E attendances due to assault were much higher for males than females, with males accounting for 71.3 per cent (95,460) of A&E attendances. However, over a five-year period the proportion of female attendances has increased from 25.6 per cent (49,063 of 191,351 in total) to 28.6 per cent (38,317 of 133,896 in total), indicating that A&E attendances caused by assault are reducing at a slower rate for females than males.

“Although the vast majority of assaults were carried out against males, there are some assault types where the victims were predominantly female, such as sexual assault by bodily force (154 admissions, 74.8 per cent) and other maltreatment (748 admissions, 60.8 per cent).”

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “It is encouraging to see hospital admissions and A&E attendances due to assault continue to fall.

“More than 100 hospitals are sharing anonymous information with local community safety teams to help them successfully tackle violence in their communities.”