HC Deb 24 February 1999 vol 326 c349W
Sir Alastair Goodlad

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data he has collated as to how many people discharged from hospital following a main diagnosis of schizophrenia psychoses and subsequently taken by the police under the Mental Health Act 1983 to hospital have been refused admission in the last year for which figures are available. [72580]

Mr. Hutton

This information is not available centrally. However, the Department has commissioned the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Research Unit to co-ordinate a programme of research into the use of the Mental Health Act 1983. The research will consider in detail variations in use, assessment and the decision-making process, and analysis of existing data sets. Interim reports will be made available to the expert group undertaking the first phase of the review into mental health legislation. The final reports are due to be made available to the Department on 31 December 1999.

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