In all fairness there are hospitals in the USA that probably feel like they are in the middle of war zones. (Chicago in some places basically IS a war zone.) But the current homicide uptick on the Thames appears indicative of both the leadership ability and the challenges facing Sadik Kahn, London’s controversial mayor.
So London’s leading New York in murders? Good thing the UK has such strong gun control laws.
The shock comments made Thursday morning come after two more men were killed overnight, a couple of days after another night of violence saw a boy, 16, stabbed to death and a 17-year-old girl shot in a “drive by”.
Wednesday night’s killings, both in Hackney, East London, brought the death toll from suspected murder in the capital to 50 so far this year, pulling away from New York City, which London overtook at the weekend.
Dr. Mark Griffiths, the lead surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust in East London, said that knife and gun wounds had moved from a “niche” part of his job to a daily chunk of his workload, and a growing number of victims were “children”.
“Some of my military colleagues have described their practice here as similar to being at [Camp] Bastion,” Dr Griffiths told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.