Detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA 1983) rose by 9.8 per cent to 58,400 in 2014/15 compared to the previous year, according to recent figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
The 9.8 per cent rise during 2014/15 compares to a 5.5 per cent rise during 2013/14 and a 3.7 per cent rise during 2012/13.
The HSCIC report – Inpatients formally detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983, and patients subject to supervised community treatment, England 2014/15 – looks at detentions under MHA 1983, which outlines how and when a person can be detained in hospital without consent for assessment and/or treatment.
The report also shows that during 2014/15 detentions in NHS hospitals increased by 4,000 (8.2 per cent) from the year before to reach 51,970 and in independent sector hospitals by 1,270 (24.6 per cent) to 6,430.
The occasions where s 136 of MHA 1983 was used to make a short-term detention to a hospital as a “place of safety” increased by 2,400 (or 14.1 per cent) to 19,400, compared to the year before.
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