DoH action on mixed sex wards

Building work to continue the progress made and finally eliminate mixed sex accommodation in hospitals across England has started with over 700 projects planned across 200 organisations.

Alan Johnson (Photograph: JH Lancy)
Alan Johnson (Photograph: JH Lancy)

Health secretary Alan Johnson said the work is part of the government’s pledge to ensure that men and women will not have to share sleeping areas, bathrooms or toilets when admitted to hospital and that their privacy and dignity is upheld whenever possible.

Mr Johnson added: ‘Over the coming months we only expect to see mixed sex accommodation where it is clinically justified and from next year those trusts who fail in this duty will be financially penalised.’

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: ‘Nurses strive to provide high quality, dignified care at all times but mixed sex wards have often been a major obstacle. Eliminating mixed sex accommodation would be a hugely significant step towards dignified patient care for all.’

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