Less than one in five hospital trusts are sharing information with the police on stabbings, the Liberal Democrats have claimed.

Less than one in five hospital trusts are sharing information with the police on stabbings, the Liberal Democrats have claimed.

A survey of 123 hospital trusts by the party found that only 25 were using the so-called Cardiff model for providing local police with anonymised data about the time and location of knife crimes that have resulted in someone attending emergency departments.

Beggars belief

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said: “With 43 young people killed through knife crime last year alone, it beggars belief that the NHS is not pulling its weight in tackling the problem.

“If the police are to catch more knife carriers, they need to intensively patrol knife crime hot-spots. They are best identified from anonymous hospital data, which is free from the meddling hand of Whitehall.”

A Department of Health spokesperson said they did “not recognise” the figures presented by the Liberal Democrats but acknowledged that information sharing between hospitals and the police should be improved.

Encouraging picture 

He said: “We are working with 17 key hospitals - those that we expect to be most involved in dealing with a high incidence of knife crime.

“[The] picture is an encouraging one in that many of the key hospitals which six months ago were not sharing data, now are. There are significant success stories - across all forms of violent crime - for example, the two key hospitals in Leeds have used data to provide targeted help to victims of domestic violence.”