Many of the 20,000 deaths caused by injury each year could be prevented, according to the British Medical Association. It claims that Britain is failing to adopt measures that have cut mortality and morbidity in countries such as Australia. It is now calling for the creation of four national agencies covering the UK, which would help develop a strategic plan for injury prevention.Dr Vivienne Nathanson, BMA head of science and health policy, said: 'Prevention is not cheap.But in many cases the cost of injury prevention is entirely paid for by the avoided treatment and property damage.'

Injury Prevention. www. bma. org. uk