Fewer cases in A&E

Wigan Infirmary
Wigan Infirmary

THE NUMBER of assault victims, including people admitted with stab wounds, has fallen in Wigan.

Statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre revealed that across Wigan Borough, there was an 11.8 per cent drop in the number of patients attending hospital due to forms of assault.

Between April 2011 and March 2012, 231 people attended hospital in the borough due to assaults, down from 262 in the previous 12 months.

In Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, assault by bodily force accounted for the majority of admissions (164) last year, with 17 people having been attacked with a sharp object such as a knife.

Twelve cases were unspecified, 18 were caused by assault with a blunt object and a further 20 remained unsolved – all down on the previous 12 months. Speaking on behalf of the Building Stronger Communities Partnership - which is made up of police, council, health and other agencies in the borough, Cllr Kevin Anderson said: “I welcome news of the reduction in assault-related hospital admissions and hope this reflects an ongoing and sustained trend.

“Partnership agencies work together in a number of proactive ways to reduce the impact of violent crime on the community, from joint interventions around, for instance substance and alcohol misuse, to high profile awareness campaigns to signpost people to services.

“Whilst this reduction in violent assaults by strangers and outside the home is positive news, we are not complacent. Domestic abuse in the home is still a major issue which requires a significant investment in resources. Support for victims is available, and we urge anybody who is suffering from domestic abuse to contact services.”

Dr Tim Dalton, local GP and Chair of Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (WBCCG) said: “Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group will continue to work with its public sector partners, including NHS Trusts within the Borough, to ensure that our patients experiencing domestic abuse not only receive medical treatment but are also offered or signposted to appropriate support available from partner agencies.”

For more information about services available to help stop domestic abuse, call 0161 636 7525 or visit www.endthefear.co.uk.