Mental Health Services

Health written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Procedure Committee, Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what plans the NHS has to record the ethnicity of patients who die while detained in mental health units; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many people have died in each year since 2000 while detained or resident in (a) an NHS mental health unit and (b) any other mental health unit funded by the NHS.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

Regulation 17 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 requires registered mental health providers to notify the Care Quality Commission (CQC) about deaths of people detained or liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. The statutory notification form includes a record of the person's ethnicity.

Information on the number of people who have died in each year, while detained or resident in either a national health service or other mental health funded unit is not available for the full period in the format requested.

However, the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) on Deaths in Custody, part of the Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody, has published data on deaths of people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 between 2000 and 2011: “The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody: Statistical Analysis of all recorded deaths of individuals detained in state custody between 1 January 2000 and December 2011”.

The report shows the number of deaths recorded for patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 between 2000 and 2011 as follows:

  Number of deaths of detained patients
2000 406
2001 346
2002 307
2003 331
2004 310
2005 337
2006 363
2007 325
2008 326
2009 312
2010 303
2011 283
Total 3,949
Source: Independent Advisory Panel (IAP)

These figures include deaths of detained patients in any unit registered with the CQC to detain patients under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Data on deaths of detained patients since 2011 will be published by the CQC later in January 2014.

Data on deaths of mental health in-patients are available via data collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Secondary data analysis would be necessary to identify the deaths of voluntary patients.

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