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Admissions to hospital under the Mental Health Act rise by 30% over 10 years

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 08 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:854
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Mental health services in the United Kingdom are in crisis, with more people than ever being detained in hospital under compulsory orders, says a report.

    Admissions to hospital under the Mental Health Act have risen by nearly 30% in the past decade in England, figures from the Department of Health show. According to a report from three national mental health charities, Rethink, Sane, and the Zito Trust, this figure is a sorrowful reflection of the current state of hospital care for people with psychiatric illness.

    The report, Behind Closed Doors, says that …

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