Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to provide additional resources to designated places of safety in order to reduce the number of patients breaching the 24-hour statutory detention target.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients held in designated places of safety have breached the statutory 24-hour detention target in each year since 2017.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In 2015, the Government announced a £15 million capital funding programme to improve health-based places of safety provision and in 2017, the Prime Minister announced a further £15 million to support a wider range of places of safety in the community. This funding has been provided to increase the number of places of safety across the country which is helping to reduce the inappropriate use of police cells for detentions made under Section 135 and Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Projects led by NHS trusts and foundation trusts, local government and the voluntary sector were awarded the funding.

Data is not held on the number of people in a place of safety that have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 for longer than 24 hours.

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