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Mentally Ill People

Volume 130: debated on Thursday 31 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many residential places have been provided in the community for patients discharged from mental hospitals in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years;(2) how many residential places have been provided in the community for patients discharged from mental hospitals in Northern Ireland with a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia psychoses in each of the last 10 years;(3) how many residential places in the community have been provided for patients with a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia psychoses discharged from mental hospitals in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

This information is not held centrally. Local provision of living accommodation available for those discharged from mental hospitals comprises a wide range of residential types including hostels, group homes, residential and nursing homes and private accommodation run by individual carers. This range of accommodation is operated by the statutory, private and voluntary sectors and is not necessarily solely for those discharged from mental hospitals.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients with a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia psychoses have been discharged from mental hospitals in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

The available information is given below:

YearNumber of discharges
1986981
19851,120
19841,096
19831,037
1982985
19811,015
19801,078
1979983
19781,063
19771,040
These figures may include patients discharged more than once in the same year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many long-stay mental patients he expects there will be in Northern Ireland in each of the next seven years.