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Mental Health Services

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been treated as an (a) in-patient and (b) out-patient for a mental health condition (i) in Leicester, (ii) in the East Midlands and (iii) nationally in each of the last five years. (317351)

Information is available on the number of patients in contact with specialist mental health services who received inpatient treatment for a mental health condition. Data are also available on the number of people in contact with specialist mental health services who received consultant outpatient appointments for a mental health condition in each of the last five years for which data are available.

Data have been collected in respect of inpatients and outpatients treated for a mental health condition by Leicestershire Partnerships National Health Service Trust, East Midlands Strategic Health Authority and in England between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2009. This information is shown in the following table.

The data should be used with caution as they do not record non-consultant led outpatient appointments, and they record patients who received both inpatient and outpatient treatment as inpatients only. The data therefore underestimate the total number of outpatient appointments recorded in each year.

Number of people in contact with specialist mental health services and who received NHS inpatient and outpatient appointments for a mental health problem in Leicester, East Midlands and in England between 2004-05 and 2008-09: male and female, all ages

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Inpatient

3,101

2,810

2,546

2,344

2,183

Outpatient

11,291

11,887

12,237

12,438

13,631

East Midlands Strategic Health Authority

Inpatient

8,408

8,063

7,836

8,178

8,091

Outpatient

36,153

43,616

45,859

45,812

44,926

England

Inpatient

114,435

111,088

106,561

105,719

102,571

Outpatient

446,393

488,259

474,332

470,742

477,627

Source:

NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care Mental Health Minimum Data Set 2004-2009 Annual Returns.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured by a person who has received treatment for mental health reasons in the three years before the incident (i) in Leicester, (ii) in the East Midlands and (iii) nationally in each of the last 10 years; (317352)

(2) how many people have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured by a person who has received treatment for mental health reasons (i) in Leicester, (ii) in the East Midlands and (iii) nationally in each of the last 10 years;

(3) what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of independent investigations commissioned relating to patients receiving treatment for mental health reasons (a) in the East Midlands and (b) nationally in each of the last five years;

(4) how many independent investigations commissioned relating to patients receiving treatment for mental health reasons have been commissioned (a) in the East Midlands and (b) nationally in each of the last five years.

Precise data on the number of homicides or serious injuries in England committed by people with mental illness are not collected centrally. However, we estimate that every year over 1,300 mental health patients take their own lives and between 50 and 70 per year are involved in taking the lives of others.

Nor does the Department collect data about homicide or serious injury committed by people with mental illness at local or regional levels. Strategic health authorities are responsible for commissioning independent investigations into adverse events in mental health services, including homicides committed by mental health service users. The Department does not collect routine information or cost data on such local investigations, and nor has there been a national estimate of their cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many independent investigations commissioned relating to patients receiving treatment for mental health reasons there have been (a) in Mid Bedfordshire constituency and (b) England in each of the last five years. (317529)

This information is not collected routinely by the Department, but is collected by strategic health authorities, who are responsible for commissioning independent investigations into patients with a mental illness.