Assaults (Mental Health Wards)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 18th July 2006.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor 2:30 pm, 18th July 2006

My concern is for those who are facing mental health challenges, who are perhaps the most vulnerable members of our society. In 1996 the Prime Minister made a clear commitment to the ending of mixed-sex wards. Ten years later, people have a right to know why patients are still suffering abuse at the hands of the Government—people who come to the national health service in their hour of need are found to have been abused. My question to the Minister is simple and can be answered yes or no. Will she now make the commitment to ending the use of mixed wards for mental health in-patients, and will she do it today?


Posted on 19 Jul 2006 2:56 pm (Report this annotation)

Not only should we have single sexed wards in some wards if not all there should be no male nurses, cleaners etc as some vulnerable women may be constantly re traumatised by having to be in such close proximity to men who are strangers to them.....