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Fewer patients staying in mixed sex accommodation

17th June 2011

Reported mixed-sex breaches fall by 83 per cent since December 2010.

Fewer patients are suffering the indignity of staying in mixed sex accommodation, according to new figures out today.

Since December 2010, when the monthly collection of mixed sex accommodation was introduced, the number of breaches has dropped from 11,802 to 2,011 – a decrease of 83 per cent.

In May 2011, hospitals reported that 2,011 patients were placed in mixed-sex accommodation without any justification. This compares to 2,660 for April 2011 – a decrease of 24 per cent.

The data, published online at individual hospital level, also shows that:

  • 103 Acute Trusts (62 per cent) reported zero sleeping breaches (compared to 59 per cent in April 2011).
  • 42 Acute Trusts reported a reduction in the number of breaches in May 2011.

Commenting on the statistics published, Health Minister Simon Burns said:

“Today’s figures show that the tough action we have taken is having a sustained impact on reducing mixed sex accommodation breaches. Greater transparency has now driven down breaches by more than 80 per cent since December. I’d like to pay tribute to all the NHS staff across the country who have worked so hard to make this happen.

“However, there are still too many breaches. This is why hospitals face fines of £250 for every breach, which can then be reinvested back into patient care.”

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