The latest annual report from NHS Digital on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications shows that 105,055 applications were completed in England in 2015-16, up from 62,645 in 2014-15. In comparison that figure stood at 13,404 in 2013-14.
Of these completed applications 73% were granted. Although the proportion of applications granted was relatively consistent across most regions, only 44 per cent were granted in the South West, whereas 86 per cent were granted in the North East and London.
The report also shows that the number of applications reported as received was 195,840, the most since the DoLS were introduced in 2009 and representing 454 DoLS applications received per 100,000 adults in England. Again some regional variations were also noted with the North East having almost three times as many received applications (900 per 100,000) compared to London (319).
The full report can be found on the NHS Digital website here.
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