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.