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Mentally Ill: Community Care

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many community treatment orders have been (a) challenged, (b) overturned after a challenge and (c) over-ruled following a second opinion; (299057)

(2) how many patients have been recalled from a community treatment order since they were introduced;

(3) how many patients have been subject to a community treatment order.

Community treatment orders (CTOs) were introduced on 3 November 2008. In England between 3 November 2008 and 31 March 2009, CTOs were made on 2,134 occasions. During this period, there were 207 cases in which patients on community treatment orders were recalled to hospital. Information is not yet available centrally on the number of CTOs made and the number of recalls to hospital since April 2009.

As at 6 November 2009, the First-tier Tribunal in England has received 716 applications resulting in 22 discharges from CTOs. In addition, 23 patients have been discharged as a result of automatic references to the First-tier Tribunal. There is no procedure in the Mental Health Act 1983 by which CTOs can be over-ruled by a second opinion.