HC Deb 12 February 1991 vol 185 cc419-21W
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
Brandesburten Hull
Claypenny York
Whixley Harrogate
Stansfield Caldergate
Caister Grimsby (located in North Lincolnshire but managed by Grimsby)

Mental handicap hospitals DHA
Wayland Hospital West Berkshire
Aston Hall Southern Derbyshire
Balderton Central Nottinghamshire
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
St. Mary's, Stannington Gateshead
Storthes Hall Hospital Huddersfield
Clifton Hospital York
Stanley Royd Hospital Wakefield
Scalebor Park Hospital Airedale
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
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
Whitecroft Hospital Isle of Wight
Herrison Hospital, Dorchester West Dorset
Old Manor Hospital, Salisbury1 Salisbury
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
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.

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