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Missing from Hospital (11185_16)


I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist with this request I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

May I please obtain statistics for the number of people who have been reported missing after being admitted to hospital in the past five years?

Could you please break this down by calendar year and include the latest statistics for 2016.


Please find enclosed our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

We have provided data from the beginning of 2012 due to a “weeding “our system, no data exists before this time.

Missing From Hospital

2012 – 141

2013 – 182

2014 – 185

2015 – 195

2016 (to 18 October 2016) – 190

*This is the number of missing reports, not number of individuals (i.e. the same person may have gone missing more than once).

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.