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Concern over record numbers detained for mental health treatment

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firemonkee57

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Record numbers of people are being detained for mental health treatment, prompting concern that conditions for patients are worsening due to understaffing and a lack of hospital beds.

There were 50,408 cases of people being detained for compulsory treatment under the Mental Health Act in England during 2012-13; the total topped 50,000 for the first time and marked a 12% rise over the previous five years, from 44,093 in 2008-09.

Concern over record numbers detained for mental health treatment | Society | The Guardian
 
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Record numbers of people are being detained for mental health treatment, prompting concern that conditions for patients are worsening due to understaffing and a lack of hospital beds.

There were 50,408 cases of people being detained for compulsory treatment under the Mental Health Act in England during 2012-13; the total topped 50,000 for the first time and marked a 12% rise over the previous five years, from 44,093 in 2008-09.

Concern over record numbers detained for mental health treatment | Society | The Guardian
The problem with this article is that it looks at the problem from just one end of the telescope. It's true that their are fewer beds in the system and it's probably true that people are being sectioned to force the hand of MH services to find them a bed. eg a patient may be willing to go informally to a local unit but if its full they might refuse to go to one 200miles away...hence they end up sectioned....of course thats wrong.

The trouble isn't that their are not enough beds....the problem is that they are full of people who actually don't need to be in them.....psychiatrists are holding on to people that could go home....not in every case....and their are issues of homelessness and so on for a lot of people.....however psychiatrists are not helping....they are using their power to hold the whole system hostage.....

Their is a problem but this article isn't telling the whole story....
 
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