Dear Care Quality Commission,

Further to yesterday's request I have come to realise that I need also to ask how many people are detained under the MHA for 12 months or more.

Apologies for not consolidating my requests; this struck me as an afterthought.

Yours faithfully,

Dan Manville

Information Access, Care Quality Commission

8 March 2018


Ref: CQC IAT 1718 0815


Dear Mr Manville


I write in response to your correspondence dated 21 February 2018, in
which you requested information from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).


Information requested:


“I would like to know, for the last 3 years, how many people were detained
under the Mental Health Act 1983 for more than 6/12 months”


The Information Access team has now coordinated a response to your


In accordance with section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), we can inform you that CQC does not hold the information you


As it is not a statutory requirement for a provider to notify CQC when a
person is detained or discharged from detention, we do not hold the
requested information.


However, CQC has published statistical information in relation to
detentions under the Mental Health Act 1998, in our annual MHA monitoring


For our 2016/2017 report, please visit:




We can also advise you that, although CQC does not hold the information
you require, NHS Digital may.


You can search for publications and find their contact details on their
website at:




We hope you find this response helpful.


Advice and Assistance


If you need any independent advice about individual’s rights under
information legislation you can contact the Information Commissioner’s
Office (ICO).


The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information
rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and
data privacy for individuals.


The contact details for the ICO are detailed below.


There is useful information on the ICO website explaining how individuals
can access official information:




CQC Complaints and Internal Review procedure:


If you are not satisfied with our handling of your request, then you may
request an internal review.


Please clearly indicate that you wish for a review to be conducted and
state the reason(s) for requesting the review. To request a review please


Legal Services & Information Rights

Care Quality Commission



Newcastle upon Tyne



E-mail: [4][CQC request email]


Please be aware that the review process will focus upon our handling of
your request and whether CQC have complied with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. The internal review process should not be
used to raise concerns about the provision of care or the internal
processes of other CQC functions.


If you are unhappy with other aspects of the CQC's actions, or of the
actions of registered providers, please see our website for information on
how to raise a concern or complaint:




Further rights of appeal exist to the Information Commissioner’s
Office under section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 once the
internal review process has been exhausted.


The contact details are:


Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




Telephone: 01625 545 745

Website: [6] 


Kind regards


Information Access team

Legal Services & Information Rights

Customer & Corporate Services Directorate


Care Quality Commission



Newcastle upon Tyne



Tel: 03000 616161


Statutory requests for information made under access to information
legislation, such as the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, should be sent to:  [7][CQC request email]



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