units increasingly used to detain patients
by staff reporter
units are increasingly being used to detain psychiatric patients.
New figures show a 24 per cent increase of compulsory detentions
in independent hospitals between 2006 and 2007
As on March 31, 2007, there were 15,300 patients detained under
mental health law in a hospital in England, of which 12,200 were
NHS facilities and 3,100 independent hospitals, statistics from
the NHS's information centre for health and social care reveal.
The total number of detentions in England under the mental health
act has risen to 48,000 in 2006-07 from 47,400 in 2005-06.
formally detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983
and other legislation, NHS Trusts, Care Trusts, Primary Care Trusts
and Independent Hospitals; 2006-07 (pdf)
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