Patients: Safety

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Ann Coffey Ann Coffey Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patient safety incidents were recorded as absconder or missing patient by hospitals in England and Wales in the National Reporting and Learning System in each care setting in the latest period for which information is available.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

During the period 1 October 2017 to 31 March 2018 National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) recorded 12,398 cases of “missing or absconded patient” across England and Wales. This category on the NRLS includes patients who left without signing a ‘discharge against medical advice’ form and those who failed to return from agreed leave on time, rather than solely reports of patients who absconded or were reported missing.

A breakdown by care settings for both England and Wales is provided in the following table.

Incidents reported as “Missing or absconded patient”, by care setting for England and Wales

Care Setting

England

Wales

Total

Acute / general hospital

5,781

146

5,927

Ambulance service

15

0

15

Community and general dental service

1

0

1

Community Nursing, medical and therapy service (incl. community hospital)

312

57

369

Community optometry / optician services

0

0

0

Community pharmacy

0

0

0

General practice

4

0

4

Learning disabilities service

87

2

89

Mental health service

5,754

239

5,993

Total

11,954

444

12,398

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