Springfield Mental Hospital

Health written question – answered on 23rd March 2005.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been sectioned at Springfield Mental Hospital, Tooting, in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The information on the number of patients sectioned is not held centrally. Information on the number of detentions under the Mental Health Act, 1983, of patients, on admission and subsequent to admission in South West London and St. George's Mental Health National Health Service Trust is shown in the table. Information is collected on a NHS trust basis rather than by individual hospital units.

Total detentions (on admission and subsequent to admission) Detentions on admission Detentions subsequent to admission
2003–04 935 539 396
2002–03 1,299 528 771
2001–02 1,180 588 592
2000–01 988 410 578
1999–2000 948 526 422
1998–99 796 489 307
1997–98 628 470 158
1996–97 589 403 186


1. Figures exclude previous legislation (fifth schedule) and other acts.

2. A patient may be detained more than once.

3. Detentions subsequent to admission include changes from Section 136 to Sections 2 and 3 and Informal to Sections 2 and 3, 5(2) and 5(4).

4. The table shows detentions for South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust from 1996–97 to 2003–04. Data is not available in a comparable format for earlier years.

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Posted on 14 Apr 2005 12:49 am (Report this annotation)

Who keeps the figures for 136 sections is it the police or the home office...are they readily available to the public...since the information act came into play in january