Mixed Sex Wards

Health written question – answered on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the use of mixed sex wards will cease.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Government set a target for the elimination of mixed sex accommodation in 95 per Cent. of trusts by December 2002. This target was achieved. No further targets have been set for this area.

Guidance issued to the national health service requires the provision of single-sex accommodation, which can take a number of forms. NHS trusts may provide single rooms, single sex bays, single-sex wards or combinations of these types.

The provision of single-sex accommodation is measured by compliance with three specific objectives set by the Department. These are designed to deliver separate sleeping areas for men and women, separate bathrooms and toilet facilities for men and women, and for those trusts delivering mental health services, safe facilities for patients in hospital who are mentally ill.

Compliance with the objectives is measured at trust level. The position of each NHS Trust was published on 26 May 2005 and is available on the Department's website at: www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/11/21/41/04112141.pdf and is available in the Library.

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Posted on 6 Jul 2005 10:17 am (Report this annotation)

This is riddiculous make your minds up...single sex is not just because you have your own room if your on a corridor with 17 other people male and female...Unable to lock your rooms how is this keeping you safe???? single sex means
women only/men only as it should be within the mental health system.
I would remind you to read the
Mind "Ward watch campaign"