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Patients from BME groups more likely to be admitted to a mental health hospital

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Black and minority ethnic (BME) patients are more likely to be admitted to a mental health hospital, according to a census.

The fourth annual Count Me In Census of patients in mental health hospitals or learning disability services show black and minority ethnic groups are more than three times more likely to be admitted as inpatients in mental health services.

They are also more likely to be detained on admission and are more likely to be admitted through the criminal justice system.

Concern over single sex wards in mental health hospitals

In mental health hospitals, 68% of inpatients did not have access to single sex wards, the same as in 2007. In learning disability services, 57% of inpatients did not have access to single sex wards.

The census was a joint initiative by the Healthcare Commission, the Mental Health Act Commission and the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE).

It collected data from 31,020 inpatients in 255 mental health organisations and 4,107 inpatients in 129 learning disability organisations across England and Wales.

The census is part of the government’s drive to reduce inequalities in mental health outlined in the five year action plan, Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care.

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