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Mental Illness

Volume 222: debated on Thursday 2 April 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the national average cost of caring for a mentally ill person in (a) a mental illness hospital, (b) a general hospital psychiatric unit, (c) a four to six bed group home, (d) a staffed hospital and (e) in the patients's own home.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average revenue cost of a mentally ill person who has been moved out of hospitals into a small care in the community home; what was the corresponding revenue cost when the person concerned was in a hospital; and what is the average capital cost of the move.

This information is not available centrally. Specialty cost returns submitted to the Department for 1991–92 indicate the average daily cost for patients using a bed—in-patients and day cases—for the mental illness specialty was £122. This figure, which is provisional, is inclusive of treatment, accommodation and overhead costs.