GUN DEATHS AND INJURIES

 

The following data have been provided in Parliamentary Answers

 

 

Gun Deaths

 

Number of Deaths from Firearms Injury - United Kingdom, 1997 to 2006

Figures include deaths with a Coroner's verdict of accident, suicide, homicide and undetermined intent.

 

Answer given on 25 October 2007

 

Year

 

Number

1997

198

1998

229

1999

207

2000

204

2001

193

2002

181

2003

187

2004 191
2005 185
2006 210

In a previous parliamentary answer the figures for 1994, 1995 and 1996 were given as 341, 358 and 254 respectively

Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E922, E955.0-E955.4, E965.0-E965.4, E985.0-E985.4 and E970 from 1997 to 2000 for England and Wales and Northern Ireland and from 1997 to 1999 for Scotland, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes W32-W34, X72-X74, X93-X95, Y22-Y24 and Y35.0 from 2001 onwards for England and Wales and Northern Ireland and from 2000 for Scotland.
Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.


Patients admitted to hospital in England as a result of gunshot injuries

 

Information is not collected centrally on the number of patients treated in accident and emergency but not admitted. The information covers England only.

Injuries from gunshots—primary diagnosis (ICD-10 SOO—T98) injury. Cause code (ICD-10 W32—W34)—discharge from firearm. Count of finished admission episodes—national health service hospitals, England 1998–99 to 2002–03

 

 

Year

 

Admissions

1998–99

134

1999–2000

117

2000–01

102

2001–02

155

2002–03

129

Notes:
1. A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within a year.
2. The cause code is a supplementary code that indicates the nature of any external cause of injury, poisoning or other adverse affects.
3. The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002–03) diagnosis fields in the hospital episode statistics data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.


Injuries to Police Officers

Crimes recorded by the police in which a police officer on duty was injured by a firearm—1997–98 to 2002–03

 

Period

 

 

Total

 

Fatal injury

 

Serious injury

 

Slight injury

1997–98

6

3

3

1998–99

11

11

1999–2000

10

10

2000–01

7

5

2

2001–02

10

10

2002–03

12

1

11

A serious injury is one which necessitated detention in hospital or involved fractures, concussion, severe general shock, penetration by a bullet or multiple shot wounds

 

 

 

FACTS ABOUT GUNS

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Facts about Guns

How Britain Compares with Other Countries

Firearms and Suicide

Gun Deaths and Injuries in the UK