Mental Health

Health written question – answered on 22nd June 2006.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) if she will list the mental health hospitals which operate mixed sex wards;

(2) how many mixed sex wards operate in acute mental hospitals; and if she will make a statement.

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

The information is not available in the format requested.

The Department does not collect information on the number of single-sex or mixed-sex wards in use in national health service hospitals.

Between 1998 and 2005 the provision of single-sex accommodation was measured as compliance at NHS trust level with three objectives set by the Department.

The results of the most recent compliance survey (December 2004) show that:

99 per cent., of NHS trusts provided single-sex sleeping accommodation for planned admissions and had robust operational policies in place to protect patients' privacy and dignity;

99 per cent., of NHS trusts met the additional criteria set to ensure the safety of patients who are mentally ill; and

97 per cent., of NHS trusts provided properly segregated bathroom and toilet facilities for men and women.

The small number of hospitals who did not achieve these objectives are building new hospitals.

The 2004 position of each NHS trust was published on 26 May 2005 and is available on the Department's website at and in the Library.

These objectives have been superseded by the core national standards presented in standards for better health.

The core standards require that:

"Staff treat patients, their relatives and carers with dignity and respect" (CIS); and

"Health care services are provided in environments which promote effective care and optimize health outcomes by being ...Supportive of patient privacy and confidentiality" (C20b)

The Healthcare Commission will assess compliance with these standards.

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Posted on 25 Jun 2006 11:47 am (Report this annotation)

In regard to Iris Robinsons question I would like to know how many patients have been attacked or sexualy abused by staff!