Mental Health Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:40 pm on 7th February 2006.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Health 4:40 pm, 7th February 2006

I am happy to pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman's personal record on these matters. Mixed sex wards are an important issue. There was a Labour manifesto commitment to get rid of them entirely, yet one in four patients across the national health service, including all forms of health care, still experience a mixed sex ward at some point during an in-patient stay, which is a long way from the rhetoric. I hope that in winding up, the Minister will be able to address the up-to-date position on that.

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molijana
Posted on 12 Feb 2006 11:35 am (Report this annotation)

in mind's ward watch campaign of last year it was recorded that still 23% of recent and current inpatients were sleeping in mixed wards...

31% still do not have access to single sex bathroom facilities

27% said they rarely felt safe while in hospital

only 44% said they felt safe all or most of the time

51% of current patients reported being verbally abused or physically threatened and 20% reported actual assault

56% were harrassed or assaulted by a patient or service user

31% OF HARRASSMENT AND ASSAULT WAS PERPERTRATED BY A WARD STAFF MEMBER