Health & Social Care Information Centre, 27 November 2014
The Mental Health Bulletin shows that for every 100 occupied beds, fewer than one person is discharged per day (0.7). The fact that so many inpatients are spending months in hospital reduces hospitals’ capacity to accept new admissions.
As well as the special feature on the length of hospital stay for people in contact with mental health services, the report also found that:
- The number of people in contact with mental health services rose by 9.8 per cent – 1.75m in 2013/14, rising from 1.60m in 2012/13
- 6.0 per cent of people in contact with mental health services (105,300) spent some time as a hospital inpatient during 2013/14. In 2012/13 this figure was 6.6 per cent (105,200).
- The median length of stay for people who had been discharged from mental health inpatient services during 2013/14 was 23 days.
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