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Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

Health written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan Conservative, Loughborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients subject to sectioning orders have absconded from secure mental hospitals in each of the last five years.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information requested is not collected centrally.

While we do not maintain statistics on absconds generally, the Department is informed where there is an abscond from a high-security hospital. There has been one abscond from a high-secure hospital in the last five years.

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