Record low for mixed sex accommodation

Published on Thursday, 20 October 2011 15:52
Posted by Matthew Abbott

Mixed sex accommodation in the NHS has fallen by over 90 per cent in under a year, according to new data published by the Department of Health today.

The latest statistics show that unjustified breaches of rules on mixed sex accommodation have fallen from nearly 12,000 to just over 1,000 in just ten months.

A record number of hospitals have also reported zero cases – 117 out of 167 Acute Trusts in September 2011, compared with just 77 Trusts in December 2010. And no patients in the North East had to suffer the indignity of sharing accommodation with the opposite sex.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

“This fantastic achievement shows just how important it is to improve transparency in the NHS. The figures published by the previous Government did not reflect the true extent of the problem - but by publishing regular and reliable data, we have shone a light on bad performance with the result of over 10,000 fewer breaches of the rules on mixed sex accommodation for patients.

“But despite this huge improvement for patients, nobody should have to suffer the indignity of mixed sex accommodation. Every unjustified breach is one too many and I urge those hospitals that have still to tackle this problem to look at the improvements in other hospitals and follow them. If they don’t, they will face fines of £250 for every breach.”

Source: Department of Health

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