One third of hospitals in London are still failing to help the police to tackle knife crime – Caroline Pidgeon

Over a third of hospitals in London are still failing to take part in a scheme which has been proven to dramatically reduce knife crime. The admission that many hospitals are still not sharing anonymous data collected from knife victims was made last week by Stephen Greenhalgh, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

The admission is despite the fact that the full adoption of the ‘Cardiff Model’ was a specific manifesto commitment of the Mayor which he made to Londoners before his election in 2012. The publication of the information was only made following long standing inquires being made by Caroline Pidgeon.

The ‘Cardiff Model’ is a proven mechanism of sharing and using anonymous data collected from violence related A&E admissions to help support effective policing, such as tackling crime hotspots. In areas where it has been implemented it has led to a 42% reduction in A&E admissions as a result of violent crime.

Caroline Pidgeon has a long record in supporting the full adoption of the Cardiff Model and last year the Mayor admitted to her that it was “disappointing that at the moment only 30% of the data about crimes from A&Es and walk-in centres is actually shared with the police.” (see notes to editors).

Commenting on the slow adoption of the Cardiff Model across London Caroline Pidgeon said: “The Cardiff Model should have been implemented in every corner of London many years ago.”

“The Mayor likes to talk tough about knife crime, but when it comes to tackling knife crime only actions matter. A clear pledge he made to Londoners to tackle this issue has sadly not been met. Caroline Pidgeon raised the issue of the adoption of the Cardiff Model and other policies to tackle knife crime at Mayor’s Question Time this week.

In responding to Caroline’s questions the Mayor admitted that he would have to get some hospital Chief Executives into City Hill to discuss the lack of implementation of the Cardiff Model. He also accepted the need for better education within schools on knife crime and that he would now consider further funding for organisations that provide dedicated youth workers in A&E departments.



Notes to editors:

1. The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime’s letter to Caroline Pidgeon is enclosed, listing just 17 A&Es and Urgent Care Centres which are effectively sharing data on violent offences with the police. The information provided in the letter was finally meeting a pledge made by the Mayor back in December 2014 to update Caroline Pidgeon on the implementation of the Cardiff Model.  For further information click here

2. Details of Caroline Pidgeon’s questioning of the Mayor at this week’s Mayor’s Question Time on progress in tackling knife crime can be seen at this webcast, starting at 4 minutes 50 seconds.

3. On the 17th September 2014 the Mayor admitted to Caroline Pidgeon that back then only 30% of the data picked up by A&Es is shared with the police.

4. Full details of how the Cardiff Model operates can be seen in this report published on the BMJ website:

5. Caroline Pidgeon’s recent report “To The Point” which examined the extent of knife crime in London and policies to tackle it is enclosed.


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