Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

Department of Health written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many detentions there were under the Mental Health Act 1983 by each section of that Act in each year since 2010.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The information requested is shown in the following table. The Department of Health, with the Home Office, has led the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat, which brings together both nationally, and in each locality in England, the services and agencies involved in the care and support of people in crisis. These partnerships have worked to reduce the use of police cells for detentions under section 136 of the Mental Health Act. In 2011/12 there were 8,667 such detentions, by 2015-16 this had been reduced by over 80 per cent., to 1,764 detentions.

Detentions under The Mental Health Act 1983 by legal status 2010/11 to 2015/16

All providers

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

All detentions

46,348

48,631

50,408

53,176

58,399

63,622

Detentions on admission to hospital

29,557

30,900

32,224

34,806

37,709

40,785

Detentions under Part II of the Mental Health Act

27,337

28,632

30,253

32,781

35,444

38,873

Section 2

19,163

20,931

22,477

25,300

27,754

30,627

Section 3

8,174

7,701

7,776

7,481

7,690

8,246

Detentions under Part III of the Mental Health Act

2,138

2,130

1,788

1,847

1,930

1,696

35

85

107

69

77

75

40

36

16

16

16

22

15

17

37 (with S41 restrictions)

508

522

435

448

486

415

37 (without S41 restrictions)

493

459

326

315

307

223

45A

1

8

3

2

9

7

47 (with S49 restrictions)

430

427

404

414

429

385

47 (without S49 restrictions)

40

41

41

43

60

32

48 (with S49 restrictions)

403

398

371

394

440

465

48 (without S49 restrictions)

10

9

14

11

3

5

Other sections - 38, 44 and 46

152

143

109

121

106

107

Under previous legislation (Fifth Schedule) and other Acts

82

138

183

178

335

216

Detentions subsequent to admission

13,397

13,680

14,249

14,087

16,078

17,181

Informal to 2

3,347

3,398

3,974

4,097

5,079

5,678

Informal to 3

4,199

4,114

3,895

3,483

4,077

4,303

5(2) to 2

2,973

3,264

3,601

3,707

4,015

4,121

5(2) to 3

2,309

2,437

2,361

2,414

2,489

2,631

5(4) to 2

72

63

57

54

56

51

5(4) to 3

40

22

41

44

43

40

4 to 2

401

344

280

260

277

331

4 to 3

56

38

40

28

42

26

Detentions following use of Section 136

2,376

2,582

2,426

2,882

3,185

4,099

136 to 2

1,948

2,142

2,135

2,587

2,882

3,660

136 to 3

428

440

291

295

303

439

Detentions following revocation of Community Treatment orders

1,018

1,469

1,509

1,401

1,427

1,557

Notes:

The 'all detentions' figure excludes:

Short term detention orders under Sections 4, 5(2) & 5(4) or 135 & 136;

Detentions following the use of Section 135 (the KP90 form does not collect changes from Section 135 to 2, or Section 135 to 3); and

Detentions following recalls from conditional discharge (these are out of scope of the current KP90 collection).

Section 136 uses in police custody suites (the KP90 collection is from healthcare providers only).

Source: KP90 - NHS Digital

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