Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th July 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 at (a) NHS and (b) private facilities in each of the last 10 years.

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

Information on the number of people detailed in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 each year is not available.

Information on the number of detentions under the Act each year is shown in the following table. In these figures the same person will be recorded more than once if they have been detained more than once. These include both civil detentions under Part II and detentions via the criminal justice system under Part III of the Act, as well as detentions following use of a place of safety order or after the revocation of a community treatment order. They do not include uses of short-term orders under Sections 4, 5(2) and 5(4) or 135 and 136 of the Act.

Year detention started

All detentions1

National Health Service providers

Independent providers1

2008-09

44,543

41,434

3,109

2009-10

46,600

43,507

3,093

2010-11

46,348

43,326

3,022

2011-12

48,631

44,985

3,646

2012-13

50,408

44,985

4,257

2013-14

53,176

48,014

5,162

2014-15

58,399

51,969

6,430

2015-16

63,622

56,594

7,028

2016-172

45,864

43,050

2,814

2017-182

49,551

46,552

2,999

Source: NHS Digital (KP90 collection and Mental Health Services Dataset)

Notes:

1 A person may be detained more than once in a year.

2 Data for 2016-17 and 2017-18 are incomplete and should not be compared to previous years. This is due to the change in data source from the KP90 collection to the Mental Health Services Dataset.

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