HC Deb 23 January 1990 vol 165 cc678-9W
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 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.