Mixed-sex wards are more complicated in mental health

What does the government really mean by abolishing mixed-sex wards? The difference may seem small, but in mental health it’s critical, says Clare Allan.

The subject of patients being treated on mixed-sex wards has been in the news again, with health secretary Alan Johnson making a renewed promise to eradicate them.And earlier this month, the shadow health secretary, Andrew Lansley, reported figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act which reveal that many trusts are still failing to meet government guidelines on providing same-sex accommodation for patients.


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