NHS Trusts Accused of Breaching Mixed–Sex Rules

NHS Trusts Accused of Breaching Mixed–Sex Rules

It has been reported that a large number of NHS patients are being forced to share accommodation with the opposite sex. Moreover, it has also been highlighted that these patients are being made to share their washrooms.

According to the Health Department of England, there have been 1,244 breaches of mixed sex rule in the month of October alone. Following the growing practice of NHS hospitals of making their patients share accommodation with opposite sex, the government has began to charge £250 per patient per day on the hospitals who are breaching the mixed sex rule.

About 167 acute trusts were investigated out of them 114 didn't report of any breach of rule. Trusts which have been alleged of breaching the mixed sex rule reported that in the month of October there had been a sudden surge in the admission of ill patients.

As the accommodation facility was not in accordance to the escalating demand, the trusts had to put patients in the mix sex accommodations. Moreover, these patients were also made to change behind the curtains.

Katherine Murphy, the Chief Executive of the Patients Association, "Treating patients in mixed-sex accommodation compromises their dignity and causes additional stress at what is already a difficult and anxious time. For years, governments have said that clamping down on this is a priority, yet still it continues to happen".

It has further been reported that the waiting time period of the patients, in the last few months, have increased significantly. It has been reported that there have been surge of 9.3%in the number of NHS patients who are been asked to wait longer then the stipulated period of 18 weeks, to get there disease treated.

It is hoped that the government would soon take steps to reduce the number of breaches being taken place in the NHS trusts and the waiting period of the patients.

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