The Health and Social Care Information Centre (incorporating from 1 April 2013, inter alia, the former NHS Information Centre) has just published its report upon DOLS assessments for the year to 31 March 2013. The report shows that the rate increase of applications has started to slow: 11,890 were made in the year to 31 March 2013 as opposed to 11,380 for the year to 30 June 2012. More than half of applications completed in 2012/3 resulted in an authorisation being granted, continuing a trend from previous years that remains well above the Department of Health’s expectation that less than a quarter of applications would result in an authorisation being granted.