Responding to the launch of a new consultation on rising levels of knife crime, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA Council Chair, said:
“Knife crime is responsible for too many tragedies in our society, with NHS workers often providing frontline care to families and communities affected by violence. It is critical that we address the root causes of this crisis and do more to tackle the reasons that are driving far too many young people into carrying knives.
“Ministers should not pretend that the measures announced by the Home Secretary will solve the issues society faces unless they are accompanied by other measures aimed at tackling the prevalence of knife crime in our society. We need a solution that includes a clear understanding from politicians and policy makers that all relevant bodies need adequate resources at their disposal and a framework that allows them to work effectively together, including the police, the education system, local government and the NHS. We must also ensure that any response balances the crucial relationship of trust and confidence between patients and clinicians with their wider responsibility to protect the public. There are substantial challenges for all parts of the public sector in identifying “at risk” individuals and these proposals could develop into a simplistic profiling exercise.
"We will be examining the government’s announcement in detail and responding in due course.”
Notes to Editors
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