Northerners twice as likely to end up in A&E due to being involved in an attack
14th January 2016 14:27 - Health
A recent study has found that individuals residing in the northern areas of the country have a higher chance of ending up in A&E due to a violent attack - twice as high as the rest of England. The report showed a clear divide between the North and South with regards to serious violent crime, with those in the North East, North West and Yorkshire regions having a 50% higher chance of being admitted to A&E following a violent occurrence.
Individuals involved in the study believe that these figures could be due to increased drinking, higher unemployment numbers and less financial growth in these particular Northern areas. There was also the claim that northern males use violence to reinforce their ‘strong masculine identity’.
However, the findings also revealed that after looking at the data from 151 NHS walk-in centres, emergency departments and minor injury units around England that serious violent incidents have decreased by 29% over the last 5 years.
NHS figures show that, in 2010, over 348,000 individuals that were treated in clinics or hospitals had been involved in violent events, in 2014 the figure stood at 247,016, a significant drop of 101,519.
It is believed that the decrease in violent activity is due to an increase in the number of CCTV cameras allowing police intervention sooner with any brawls and improved communication between emergency departments and local police meaning that vital information can be shared quickly between the two.
Professor Jonathan Shepherd who led the study commented:
"Violence rates in northern regions are higher than in the rest of England and Wales. There could be a number of reasons for this, including the use of violence as a means to establish a strong masculine identity, higher levels of alcohol consumption among young adults compared with other age groups, and north-south inequalities in health and prosperity."
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