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Psychiatrists are concerned by rise in patients subject to compulsory mental health treatment

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 07 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5596
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Growing numbers of people in England are being compulsorily detained in hospital or given compulsory treatment in the community for mental health problems, according to the latest figures from the NHS Information Centre.

Detentions for assessment under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 increased 13.8% in one year, compared with maximum increases of 5% in the previous two years, the statistics show.

The biggest increase is in place of safety orders, made under police powers to detain individuals who appear to be mentally disordered and take them to a place of safety. Those where …

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