Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

Health written question – answered on 13th May 2009.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many people diagnosed with schizophrenia are being held in detention in secure hospitals (a) nationally and (b) in Leicester;

(2) how many people were diagnosed with schizophrenia (a) nationally and (b) in Leicester in each of the last three years;

(3) how many people are being held in detention in secure hospitals for mental health reasons (a) nationally and (b) in Leicester.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (Care Services; Minister for the East Midlands), Department of Health

Information on the number of people held in secure hospitals due to a diagnosis of schizophrenia, or for other mental health reasons is not collected centrally.

Information is collected on the average daily number of psychiatric beds in national health service units in England in 2007-08 within high, medium and some low secure units and of the average daily occupancy level and is shown in the table.

Secure services in Leicester are provided by Leicestershire Partnerships NHS Trust. Information is also available on the number of secure service beds within Leicestershire Partnerships NHS Trust, but not occupancy levels, and this is also shown in the table. These figures show only NHS beds and not those commissioned by the NHS from independent sector providers.

2007-08: Average daily number of mental health secure unit beds in NHS units in England; national average daily occupancy levels in secure unit beds; and average daily number of mental health secure unit beds in NHS units in Leicestershire Partnerships NHS Trust: data on average daily occupancy levels in secure unit beds is not collected at trust level
Number
Average daily number of Secure Unit beds in England 3,159
Average daily Secure Unit beds occupancy in England 2,885
Average daily number of Secure Unit beds in Leicestershire Partnerships NHS Trust 6
Average daily Secure Unit beds occupancy in Leicestershire Partnerships NHS Trust n/a
n/a = Not available.

Source:

Department of Health Dataset KH03

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