§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffering from schizophrenia have been released from mental institutions(a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in the North West region, during each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Freeman
The number of discharges of patients treated for a main diagnosis of schizophrenia from 679W National Health Service mental illness hospitals and units for the last five available years, 1982–86, for England and the North Western regional health authority are shown in the table. The figures relate to discharges and cannot be related to individual patients; a patient may be admitted more than once in a year.
England North Western RHA 1982 24,594 2,348 1983 25,336 2,331 1984 25,934 2,683 1985 26,225 2,875 1986 26,077 2,621
The figures for Wales and Northern Ireland are a matter for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and for Northern Ireland respectively. The figures for Scotland are a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.