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Mixed-sex ward breaches rising slightly in the NHS

Published on 18/05/2012

Whilst the NHS has made great strides in tackling the issue of mixed-sex wards, the number of breaches is slowly creeping up again.

Single sex accommodation means patients of the same sex sharing sleeping, bathroom and toilet facilities. Under the national guidelines, men and women must have separate bays or rooms if sharing a ward, unless in A&E or intensive care.

Since data was first published in December 2010, the overall number of breaches of these rules has fallen by 95%. Health minister Simon Burns said the NHS has made "great strides" in tackling the issue.

However, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health, there were 599 breaches in England last month, compared to 461 in March.

The Department of Health said that three strategic health authorities account for 70% of the breaches- London, the North West and the South East coast.

Simon Burns said: "The small rise in these figures is due to a handful of trusts. It shows why the NHS cannot be complacent about this, if we're to continue the great progress made so far.

"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."

One of the benefits of health insurance is being able to stay in single private rooms. Take a look at our hospital database to find your local private hospital or ward.

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