Mental Health

Health written question – answered on 6th June 2005.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the total number of people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (a) aged under 16 years and (b) aged between 16 years and 18 years, have been detained on adult psychiatric wards in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information is not centrally available. Placing adolescents on adult psychiatric wards is sometimes necessary and acceptable for clinical and practical reasons. The children's national service framework (NSF) sets a standard that:

'... young people who require admission to hospital for mental health care have access to appropriate care in an environment suited to their age and development'.

It advises that if a bed in an adolescent unit cannot be located for a young person, but that admission is essential for the safety and welfare of the user or others, then care may be provided on an adult ward for a short period.

The Government is committed to delivering the standards set out in the children's NSF.

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Posted on 9 Jun 2005 11:58 am (Report this annotation)

How many beds for adolescents are available in the country, and is this sufficient, figures don't show that someone may need a bed, but they will not go on a list as there are no beds available....this seems to happen a lot making most figures fairly mute.
The same for services if the doctor knows that the waithing list is long or some services aren't available they don't put you on the list in the first place.
You should work the figures out back to front what is most wanted? is it available? how long a wait, and is it even accessible for most, then start counting as to who get's what...

Alix Cull
Posted on 10 Jun 2005 9:46 pm (Report this annotation)

The advice by thr Royal College of Psychiatrists was ignored, and many wards are, I am told over subscribed, leading to bad conditions, and difficulties for staff.