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Mentally Ill People

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were discharged from mental illness hospitals for the latest available year (a) in total, (b) in under one month, (c) in under three months and (d) in under six months.

The information available centrally is given in the following table. The number of discharges is greater than the number of patients treated as some will be admitted more than once in a year.

Discharges by duration of stay 1987–88 Mental illness specialty
Total discharges181,400
Length of stay
Less than one month117,960
One month or more but less than three months45,250
Six months or more but less than one year14,250