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Mixed Sex Wards are Almost a Thing of the Past

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The latest figures reveal that mixed sex wards are gradually slipping into oblivion. The number of patients who have been housed on a mixed sex ward fell to their lowest ever level last month. According to research just 1126 people were on mixed sex wards during August. This is a stark contrast when compared to the 11,000+ patients who were sleeping on these wards last December. The situation appears to have made a remarkable recovery in just eight or nine months.

The health secretary Andrew Lansley has hailed the figures a huge success. The previous Labour government continually promised to reduce the number of people being accommodated on same sex wards. But the achievement never happened during their time in office. Now it would appear that the current coalition government has managed to all but solve the problem in the space of a few short months.

The 90% drop since last December is a marked step in the right direction. Two thirds of hospitals now have no patients being cared for in mixed sex wards. The health secretary enlisted tough measures earlier this year to ensure that the indignity of mixed sex wards became far rarer than it has been in the past. the new system of fines meant that every time a patient slept in a ward with both men and women present, the primary care trust in charge of that hospital would pay £250. In times when money is tight it seems the threat of the fines has led to a virtual eradication of the mixed sex wards.

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