Mental health bulletin: Annual report from MHMDS Returns 2013-14

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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Deaths Related to Drug Poisoning in England and Wales, 2012

Office of National Statistics, August 2014

The ONS have published a statistical bulletin for deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales.

Key findings:

  • There were 1,706 male drug poisoning deaths (involving both legal and illegal drugs) registered in 2012, a 4% decrease since 2011.
  • Female drug poisoning deaths have increased every year since 2009, reaching 891 in 2012.
  • The number of male drug misuse deaths (involving illegal drugs) decreased by 9% from 1,192 in 2011 to 1,086 in 2012; female deaths decreased by 1% from 413 in 2011 to 410 in 2012.
  • The highest mortality rate from drug misuse was in 30 to 39-year-olds, at 97.8 and 28.9 deaths per million population for males and females respectively in 2012.
  • The number of deaths involving heroin/morphine fell slightly in 2012 to 579 deaths, but these remain the substances most commonly involved in drug poisoning deaths.
  • The number of deaths involving tramadol have continued to rise, with 175 deaths in 2012 – more than double the number seen in 2008 (83 deaths).
  • Mortality rates from drug misuse were significantly higher in Wales than in England in 2012, at 45.8 and 25.4 deaths per million population respectively.
  • In England, the North West had the highest mortality rate from drug misuse in 2012 (41.0 deaths per million population).
  • All figures presented in this bulletin are based on deaths registered in a particular calendar year, and out of the 2,597 drug-related deaths registered in 2012, 1,358 (just over half) occurred in years prior to 2012.

Click here for the full publication and data tables.