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National Statistics
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Inpatients Formally Detained in Hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983 and Other Legislation, NHS Trusts, Care Trusts, Primary Care Trusts and Independent Hospitals - 2005-2006

Official statistics, National statistics
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Geographical Granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, NHS Trusts, Primary Care Organisations, Care Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, Government Office Regions, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 1995 to 31 Mar 2006


This bulletin is an annual publication which summarises information about people detained under the 1983 Mental Health Act in NHS facilities, including high security psychiatric hospitals, and independent hospitals. It includes figures for the period 1995-96 to 2005-06.


Year to 31 March 2006

  • The number of detentions under the Act rose to 47,400 in 2005-06 from 46,700 in 2004-05. Formal admissions rose to 27,400 in 2005-06 from 26,800 in 2004-05, surpassing the previous peak of 26,900 in 1998-99.
  • 95 per cent of all formal admissions in 2005-06 were to NHS hospitals. 89 per cent of all formal admissions were NHS under Part II of the Act.
  • In 2005-06 there were 20,000 detentions after informal admission to hospital. This compares with 19,900 in 2004-05.
  • The number of Place of Safety Orders involving assessment in hospital increased by 16 per cent from 5,100 in 2004-05 to 5,900 in 2005-06. This followed an 14 per cent rise in 2004-05 and an 8 per cent rise in 2003-04.
  • Court and prison disposals were the same figure in 2005-06 as in 2004-05 and have fallen by over a fifth since 1995-96.
  • The rate of detentions in NHS hospitals under the Act (including detentions after admission) in 2005-06 in England was 87 per 100,000 population.
  • at 31 March 2006, there were 14,600 patients detained in hospital, of which 12,100 were in NHS facilities and 2,500 in independent hospitals.


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