Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

Health written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were sectioned under mental health legislation in each of the last five years.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

Information about the number of patients detained in England under the Mental Health Act 1983 (and related legislation) between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2007 is shown in the following table:

Total detentions in NHS and independent hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other legislation, 2002-03 to 2006-07 (excluding detentions in places of safety): England
Number of detentions
2002-03 46,489
2003-04 45,691
2004-05 46,673
2005-06 47,394
2006-07 48,083

The table represents the total number of detentions for the period requested not necessarily the number of patients. It is possible that a patient could be detained on more than one occasion over a twelve month period.


The Information Centre for health and social care: bulletins on in-patients formally detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other legislation.

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