New figures from the Information Centre for Health and Social Care show that the number of people detained in mental health units has remained steady at 47, 400. Formal admissions under the Mental Health Act rose slightly from 26, 800 in 2004-5 to 27, 400 in 2005-6. At the 31st of March 2006 there were 14, 600 patients detained in hospital ; 12,100 in NHS facilities, 2,500 in the private sector. The rate of detentions was 87 per 100,000 population. The number of people detained under Place of Safety Orders - which allow police to remove a person who appears to have a mental disorder to a place of safety - rose from 5,100 in 2004-5 to 5,900 in 2005-6.
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