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Use of the Mental Health Act in England shows year-on-year increase

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1210 (Published 29 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1210
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

The number of people detained or treated under the Mental Health Act in England has risen by 12% in the past five years, the health and social care regulator has reported.

In its fourth Mental Health Act annual report, the Care Quality Commission said that there had been a year-on-year increase in the use of the act to 50 000 uses in 2012-13 compared with 45 000 in 2007-08.1

Although inspectors said that they had found examples of outstanding care, they also said that there were still problems with access to care in a crisis. Some health based places of safety for people experiencing a mental health crisis have been found to be unstaffed when patients were taken into …

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