§ Mr. Robin Cook
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total number of readmissions to mental illness hospitals and units in each of the last 10 years.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The table provides the numbers of admissions to national health service mental illness hospitals and hospital units where these admissions are known not to be a first admission to a national health service psychiatric hospital or hospital unit. The figures relate to admissions, and not individuals, since a person may be readmitted more than once during a year.
Reliable centrally collected figures by admission status for years 1987–88, 1988–89 and 1989–90 are not yet available. When figures are available they will not be directly comparable with earlier data.
Year Readmissions 1977 118,792 1978 120,456 1979 120,073 1980 127,184 1981 132,893 1982 133,475 1983 138,080 1984 138,431 1985 146,895 1986 145,578
§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the mental illness hospitals planned for closure by 1996 by the health authorities concerned with the total number of beds in each and the number of beds currently occupied by patients.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The tables show mental handicap and mental illness hospitals planned for closure over the next five years and the district health authority in which each hospital is situated. The other information requested is not held centrally.
Table 1 Mental handicap hospitals DHA South East Thames Leybourne Grange Maidstone (managed by Tunbridge Wells) Eastry Canterbury and Thanet Grove Park Lewisham and North Southwark Laughton Lodge Eastbourne Mount Pleasant Hastings Yorkshire Brandesburten Hull Claypenny York Whixley Harrogate Stansfield Caldergate Caister Grimsby (located in North Lincolnshire but managed by Grimsby) Oxford
Mental handicap hospitals DHA Wayland Hospital West Berkshire Trent Aston Hall Southern Derbyshire Balderton Central Nottinghamshire Wessex Coldharbour West Dorset Burderop Swindon Pewsey Swindon East Anglian Risbridge West Suffolk Lothingland Great Yarmouth and Waveney Jane Walker East Suffolk Hadleigh House East Suffolk Hales Hospital Norwich North Western Brockhall Hospital Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Scott House Rochdale Offerton House Stockport
Table 2 Menial illness hospitals DHA Northern St. Mary's, Stannington Gateshead Yorkshire Storthes Hall Hospital Huddersfield Clifton Hospital York Stanley Royd Hospital Wakefield Scalebor Park Hospital Airedale Trent Pastures Hospital South Derbyshire East Anglia St. Audry's Hospital East Suffolk St. Nicholas' Hospital Great Yarmouth and Waveney St. Andrews Norwich North West Thames Nil North East Thames Friern Hospital1 Hampstead South East Thames Cane Hill Hospital Croydon (managed by Bromley) Tooting Bee Hospital Wandsworth (managed by West Lambeth) Hellingley Hospital Eastbourne St. Augustine's Hospital Canterbury and Thanet Maidstone Hospital (psychiatric wing) Maidstone South West Thames Long Grove Hospital, Epsom Kingston and Esher Brookwood Hospital South West Surrey Wessex Whitecroft Hospital Isle of Wight Herrison Hospital, Dorchester West Dorset Old Manor Hospital, Salisbury1 Salisbury Oxford St. John's Hospital Aylesbury Vale Fairmile Hospital West Berkshire Littlemore Hospital Oxford South Western Coney Hill Hospital Gloucester Moorhaven Hospital Plymouth Tone Vale Hospital, Taunton Somerset
Mental illness hospitals DHA West Midlands Barnsley Hall Hospital Bromsgrove and Redditch Rubery Hill Hospital South Birmingham Central Hospital South Warwickshire Hollymoor Hospital Solihull Mersey Rainhill Hospital St. Helens and Knowlsley Winwick Hospital Warrington North Western Nil 1 With some facilities remaining on site.
§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish comprehensive statistics about mentally ill hospital patients comparable to those in the DHSS statistical bulletins which ceased in 1986.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The K6rner recommendations on health services information were implemented for each financial year, commencing from 1 April 1987. These recommendations involved several definitional changes to information collected by the national health service and some statistics comparable with those previously published are no longer available from central returns. Some information on mental illness is contained in the forthcoming booklet, "Hospital Episode System—Summary Tables for England —1987/88"—a copy of which will be placed in the Library. Further estimates for activity within the specialties of mental illness and mental handicap will be published in a bulletin later in 1991.