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The numbers of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

This report from NHS Digital includes statistics on the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) for England 2017-18 including the number completed during the year and the length of time taken to complete applications.

There were 227,400 applications for DoLS received during 2017-18, with almost three quarters relating to people aged 75 and over. This represents an increase of 4.7% on 2016-17 although the rate of increase is slowing compared to previous years.

There were more DoLS applications received than were completed (181,785) in 2017-18. The number of DoLS applications that were completed increased by 19.6% from 151,970 in 2016-17. The proportion of these that were granted was 61.1% in 2017-18.

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