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Readers’ panel: Should nurses have a legal duty to raise concerns about young people at risk of involvement in knife crime?

A Home Office consultation could result in nurses in England and Wales having to report young people at risk of involvement in knife crime

A Home Office consultation could result in nurses in England and Wales having to report young people at risk of involvement in knife crime. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Stacie May is a nursing student in Plymouth @14StaciePUNC

No, they should not. Nurses already have a duty of care to raise concerns and are accountable for their actions under the Nursing and Midwifery Council code. Anything that can be done to prevent knife crime, which is a prominent issue at the moment, is obviously welcome. But with a significant shortage of nurses in the NHS, and an ever-growing list of responsibilities, making this a legal duty would just add to the stress of already overstretched nursing staff.

Daniel Athey is a charge nurse on an acute medical unit in Sheffield

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