The mental health system has been criticised for its failings in treating mental illness, with many seeing the treatment of patients as a luxury and not an obligation.
But now, a new report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists says the system needs to be restructured and that “unnecessary hospitalisation and discharge are more common than people think”.
It is a damning indictment of what some in the mental health sector call a system which they say is broken and has failed to deliver on the promises it made to patients.
The report, published on Monday, found that the number of people being treated in mental hospitals in the UK has increased by 50% over the past decade, with the vast majority being people with mental health problems.
More than half of all patients admitted to the Royal Free Hospital (RBH) in south London are in mental health units, while one in 10 are admitted to an in-patient hospital.
In 2016-17, the RBH reported having 2,622 mental health patients.
The number of in-patients patients has risen to 2,716, while the number hospital beds has doubled to 2.2 million.
Among the findings: In 2016-19, about three in four people in England were admitted to a hospital in a mental health setting.
The average hospital stay was 12.7 days and in 2016-2017, the average hospital admission was 11.9 days.
A third of patients admitted in England in 2016 were found to be at a high risk of developing a serious mental health problem in the coming year.
Half of people admitted to hospital with mental illness are referred to a mental hospital for treatment.
The RBH, which is responsible for mental health care, says it is the responsibility of the individual to decide when to be admitted to treatment and the quality of care.
Many patients who have received in-person treatment have been referred to an outpatient facility, while a third of all people admitted with mental problems to a facility for treatment in England are referred there.
“It is clear that many of the patients we treat with in-house facilities have become increasingly isolated, isolated and in need of intervention to manage the symptoms and symptoms of their illness,” the report said.
At a recent GP meeting, a man told the GP that he was going to the ER because of his symptoms.
He was told he was being transferred to a separate facility, which had been in operation since 2005, but was “overwhelmed” by the number and complexity of cases it was handling.
Another man was referred to the same facility, where a nurse suggested he get into a mental ward and be “cured”.
“I said, ‘Well, that is what I need to do’,” the man said.
“She said, no, you don’t need to take that to the emergency department.”
The man said the experience made him “dumbstruck” and “distraught”.
It was a different scenario for another patient, who had recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
There were no beds in the ER, so the man was put into a private room.
When he returned, he was put in a ward, where he stayed for two weeks before being transferred into an outpatient unit.
It took three months for the man to receive a discharge from his ward, after he was referred for a mental assessment.
And the most common reasons people are being referred to hospital in England for treatment is to manage their symptoms.
The Royal College said it was the responsibility for the individual patient to decide whether or not they would be willing to be hospitalized for a short period of time.
While this is a legitimate reason for hospitalization, it also has the potential to increase the risk of serious mental illness.
People are being transferred from in-hospital wards into private wards, where they are kept isolated and given a level of isolation that is not adequate to meet their needs.
Those patients who are transferred to private wards often do not receive appropriate mental health treatment and are more likely to seek out support services and seek help from other individuals.
Mental health patients are also more likely than the general population to be prescribed antipsychotic medication.
For many of these people, there is a lack of information about the effects of this medication and the potential for serious adverse effects.
“Many patients are not receiving proper mental health services at all, and this is creating the need for additional mental health professionals to work with patients and to provide advice on their treatment,” the RCP said.
“While some may have some mental health difficulties, it is important that they receive proper help.”
This is not just a problem in England.
In the United States, nearly a quarter of all adults are currently being admitted to psychiatric hospitals for mental illness every day.
An analysis of data from 2015-16 found that an estimated 1.7 million people were referred