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 absconded from secure NHS units in each of the last five years.

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

The Department does not routinely collect data on absconsions from national health service low or medium secure mental health services. Data are collected by the Department on absconsions from high secure mental health hospitals and the five most recent years' data are shown in the following table.

Absconsions from NHS high secure units in England, 2003 to 2007
Rampton Broadmoor Ashworth Total
2003 1 0 0 1
2004 0 1 0 1
2005 0 0 1 1
2006 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0

Department of Health Secure Services

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