Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of mental health bed availability.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The most recent information on mental illness bed availability is shown in the following table.

Year

Period

Available

Occupied

Occupancy rate

2018/19

Q1

18,395

16,519

89.8%

2018/19

Q2

18,311

16,431

89.7%

2018/19

Q3

18,389

16,285

88.6%

2018/19

Q4

18,368

16,378

89.2%

2019/20

Q1

18,270

16,375

89.6%

2019/20

Q2

18,179

16,284

89.6%

2019/20

Q3

18,097

16,187

89.4%

Notes:

- The data are very limited in terms of what they tell us about mental health bed availability and should therefore be treated with caution for the following reasons:

- The ‘mental illness’ category covers a huge range of inpatient mental health settings which provide very different services for people with different needs. As such, it does not provide the granularity of information required to identify where there might be particular pressures in the mental health system.

- They only cover beds in services that are consultant-led.

- It is very difficult to assess the accuracy of the aggregate data submitted and the accompanying guidance has not been updated since the Department published it in 2010.

Source: NHS England: KH03 data collection

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