Assault treatment at hospitals reduced

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THE NUMBER of assault victims attending hospital in the borough, including people admitted with stab wounds, has fallen.

Statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre revealed that across the Wigan Metro area, there was a drop of 11.8 per cent.

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, 12 cases were unspecified, 18 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, Coun Kevin Anderson said: “Whilst this reduction in violent assaults by strangers and outside the home is positive news, we are not complacent. 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: “We will continue to work with public sector partners, to ensure that our patients experiencing domestic abuse not only receive medical treatment but are also offered support.”

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