Too many people still admitted to mixed sex sleeping areas, says Healthcare Commission

Too many people are still admitted to mixed sex sleeping areas in NHS hospitals, the health watchdog has warned.

One in ten patients find themselves in mixed sex areas when admitted for planned operations and 29 per cent when admitted as emergency cases. Three in ten patients said they had to use bathrooms or showers that were used by the opposite sex.

Even thought most patients rate their care as good or excellent that is no excuse for the labour Government to ‘rest’ on the issue of treating patients with dignity and respect, Anna Walker chief executive of the Healthcare Commission said.

One in five patients who need help with eating do not get it and complaints from patients include basic care failures such as being left in soiled clothes, exposed in an embarrassing manner and being left in pain.

Services for patients with mental health problems are patchy and a review of care for adults with learning disabilities found ‘institutional abuse’.

Patients also want more involvement in decisions about their care and only a minority of people are being offered a choice of hospital when having a planned operation despite this being a cornerstone labour Government policy.

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