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Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2016/17


The CQC’s annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA), looked at how providers are caring for patients, and whether patient’s rights are being protected. 

During 2016/17, they:

  • carried out 1,368 monitoring visits, met with 4,114 patients and required 6,475 actions from providers.
  • The Second Opinion Appointed Doctor service carried out 14,594 visits to review patient treatment plans, and changed treatment plans in 26% of their visits.
  • received 2,353 complaints and enquiries about the way the MHA was applied to patients.
  • were notified of 186 deaths of detained patients by natural causes, 54 deaths by unnatural causes and 7 yet to be determined verdicts.
  • were notified of 642 absences without leave from secure hospitals.

The CQC concluded that they have seen limited or no improvement in the key concerns raised in previous years.

To read the full report go to the CQC website



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