One in six dog bite hospital admissions in North West

John Paul Massey and Jade Anderson John Paul Massey and Jade Anderson were killed by dogs

Related Stories

One in six hospital admissions for dog bites in England were in the North West of England, according to a health report.

Primary care trust data from The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows 123 cases in Liverpool and 82 in Manchester in the past year.

It also revealed the highest level per 100,000 people was 21.6 in the North East and 17.5 in Yorkshire and Humber.

Admissions were lowest on the South East coast at 5.1 per 100,000 people.

The figures show the highest number of admissions for an individual primary care trust was Oxfordshire, with 158 admissions.

Earlier this year parents whose children were killed by dogs took a petition to Downing Street calling for action to prevent attacks.

Preventative measures

Jade Anderson, 14, was mauled to death by four dogs at a friend's home near Wigan in March and John Paul Massey, four, was killed in Liverpool in 2009.

Relatives handed a 4,500-signature petition to the Prime Minister urging preventative measures and education.

Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger said: "These local figures are a stark sign that much more needs to be done to tackle the 210,000 dog attacks that happen across England every year.

"Too many families have lost loved ones to dog attacks and thousands of people are being hospitalised with long-term consequences. The government needs to act urgently.

"They should introduce measures that will prevent these tragedies from happening in the first place, such as Dog Control Notices which experts are calling for.

"It's time the government stopped just talking tough and took the proper action that is clearly needed."

Plastic surgeon Christian Duncan, from Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, said: "About 50% of injuries involve the head or neck or hands and can be absolutely devastating."

He said it was important to look after dogs responsibly near children.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Liverpool



25 °C 16 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Stained glass of man with swordFrance 1 England 0

    The most important battle you have probably never heard of

  • Golden retriever10 things

    Dogs get jealous, and nine more nuggets from the week's news

  • Pro-Israel demonstrators shout slogans while protesting in Berlin - 25 July 2014Holocaust guilt

    Gaza conflict leaves Germans confused over who to support

  • The emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-SabahFreedoms fear

    Growing concern for rights as Kuwait revokes citizenships

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • CastleRoyal real estate

    No longer reserved for kings and queens, some find living in a castle simply divine


  • A robot which is due to compete in the 2014 RoboCupClick Watch

    Why robots from 45 countries are playing football in Brazil, plus other technology news

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.