In 1999, child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) in-patient provision was unevenly distributed across England. A repeat of a1999 bed count survey was conducted in 2006 to determine whether change had occurred in response to government policy.
Total bed numbers in England were found to have increased by 284; 69% of the increase is due to the independent sector, whose market share has risen from 25% in 1999 to 36% in 2006. Regions with the highest number of beds in 1999 have increased bed numbers more than areas with the lowest number of beds in1999 (8.3 v. 3.6 beds per million population). In units that admit only children under the age of 14, there has been a 30% reduction in beds available (123 to 86).
Inequity in provision of CAMH inpatient services has increased despite government policy to the contrary. We speculate that this might be partly due to fragmented and local commissioning, and the effects of market forces operating as a result of increasing privatisation.
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