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Mental Health Review Tribunals

Volume 976: debated on Wednesday 16 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients waited (a) less than one month, (b) one or two months, (c) two to three months, (d) three to four months and (e) more than four months between the date of the patient's application for a mental health review tribunal and the date of the hearing during 1977, 1978 and 1979.

The information related to the first hearing of the case by a tribunal is as follows:early in 1979 have been overcome. I am satisfied that at present the support services which the Department provides are adequate to deal with the work of the mental health review tribunals.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients withdrew their applications to mental health review tribunals in 1977, 1978 and 1979; how many of these were special hospital patients; and how many were considered by the tribunal clerks to be withdrawn for unacceptable reasons.

The information is as follows:

WithdrawalsBy special hospital patients
I understand that, after investigation, in accordance with the wishes of the tribunal chairman concerned, no applications were considered to have been withdrawn for unacceptable reasons.
TotalSpecial Hospitals
BroadmoorMoss SidePark LaneRampton
The number of applications determined during 1976, 1977 and 1978 and, of those, the number in which the tribunal discharged the patient, were as follows:

Applications determinedPatients discharged
There are a number of cases in which, before an application can be determined, the patient ceases to be detainable under the Act.Information on the number of reclassifications cannot be obtained without disproportionate work, but the numbers are thought to be low.