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Number of mental health tribunals increase

The figures show that there were 1,422 hearings held in the first nine months of 2015 compared with 1,537 for the same period in 2016, an increase of eight per cent.

The overall number of mental health tribunal hearings in 2015 was 1,944.

The new statistics also show that the number of cases revoked at hearing has increased from 122 in the first nine months of 2015 to 149 for the same period in 2016. 

In terms of involuntary admission activity there has also been an increase in some categories for the period up to September, according to the latest activity status figures. 

Involuntary admissions have increased slightly over this period from 1,288 in 2015 to 1,379 in 2016, while the regrading of psychiatric patients from voluntary to involuntary status has fallen from 466 to 453 in the same period.

Renewal orders for involuntary patients have increased from 917 to 965 in the first nine months of 2016 and there has also been an increase in the number of forms revoking patients’ involuntary status before a mental health tribunal hearing, rising from 1,234 in this period in 2015 to 1,256 in 2016. 

Finally, the figures show that there was only one proposal to date in 2016 for transfer to the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, compared with two by the end of September 2015. 

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