Violent attacks have ‘doubled’

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BELEAGUERED A&E staff are treating at least one Wigan assault victim every day, a shock new report has revealed.

Research by Liverpool John Moore University’s Centre for Public Health - using data from Trauma and Injury Intelligence Group (TIIG) - has found that the number of violence-related incidents in Greater Manchester A&E departments has fallen by 22 per cent.

But figures from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust reveals that reports of assault victims going to A&E appear to have more than doubled from 238 in 2012/13 to 489 in 2013/14.

And this year’s figure could see another increase as the number for the first half of the current financial year already stands at 262.

However, a spokesman for WWL NHS Foundation Trust said these figures should be treated with caution as the earlier statistics were not likely to be fully accurate due to inputting error.

An updated computer system meant the more recent figures are likely to be a truer reflection, the spokesman added.

Data from the TIIG report finds that between 2009/10 and 2013/14 the number of violence-related A&E attendances fell from 16,413 to 12,875, which represents a 22 per cent decrease.

Similarly the number of violence-related ambulance call outs has also steadily decreased.

Between April 2011 and March 2014, close to 40,000 violence-related attendances were made to a Greater Manchester A&E by Greater Manchester residents.

Alcohol is often a contributing factor to violence-related incidents.

At Wigan Infirmary, between April 2013 and March 2014, over three quarters of those who had been involved in a violence-related attendance had consumed alcohol in the previous 12 hours.