Hospital Wards: Gender

Health written question – answered at on 31 January 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints his Department received on mixed-sex accommodation in hospitals in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

During 2007 the Department received a total of 36 complaints related to mixed sex accommodation, through the central correspondence system. The monthly breakdown is shown in the table.

The Department does not, as a rule, investigate individual complaints; rather it advises correspondents to follow the national health service complaints procedure. This directs complainants to local organisations to register and pursue the complaints.

NHS estates/mixed sex wards—monthly stats
Number
January 2007 6
February 2007 4
March 2007 4
April 2007 3
May 2007 4
June 2007 0
July 2007 4
August 2007 2
September 2007 2
October 2007 5
November 2007 1
December 2007 1
Total 36

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