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Hospital Wards: Gender

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the use of mixed sex wards to end in the NHS. (163404)

Guidance issued to the national health service requires the provision of single sex accommodation, which can take a number of forms. NHS trusts may provide single rooms, single sex bays within a mixed ward, single sex wards or combinations of these types. We do not collect information on the number of trusts who have mixed sex wards per se.

The NHS Operating Framework for 2008-09 includes a requirement for primary care trusts to agree, publish and implement stretching local plans for improvement, with identified time scales and monitoring mechanisms. The NHS Institute for Improvement and Innovation published guidance in December 2007 to support the NHS in delivering this.