Metal Health under the magnifying glass

Private psychiatric units increasingly used to detain patients

Private 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.

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