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National health service beds are not strictly allocated for patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 or other mental health legislation. A person detained under mental health legislation will be allocated an available mental health bed, in a suitable facility.
Data about the availability of mental health beds is shown in the following table.
The year on year reduction in mental health bed numbers reflects the increasing provision by the national health service in England of treatment for patients with mental health conditions in primary care and community settings, without the need for hospital admissions.
|Average daily number of beds available for acute mental health services in the NHS in England|
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Department of Health form KH03