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New report shows cost of injuries in Wales, 14/11/12 [W]

Injuries are costing Wales at least £1.8 billion a year, according to a new report.

The report, produced by Public Health Wales and the Collaboration for Accident Prevention and Injury Control (CAPIC) at Swansea University, examines the total cost of injuries, including the burden on the NHS as well as other social costs such involved after injuries such as death and disability.

Researchers found that injuries result in three deaths, 115 hospital admissions and 1,200 A&E attendances every day in Wales. Falls were a leading cause of these injuries, with otor vehicle crashes particularly affected young men aged 15-25 years, while women of the same age were particularly affected by poisoning.

The report finds that many of these injurites could be prevented, and calls for more to be done on a national and local level to prevent them.

The findings of the report are being discussed today at a seminar being held by Children in Wales, BMA Cymru Wales, CAPIC and Public Health Wales.

You can find out more about Children in Wales’ work on accident prevention here. More information on the work of Public Health Wales can be found on their website: www.publichealthwales.org