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Labour's broken promises on Mixed-Sex Hospital Wards

November 23, 2006 6:00 PM
Hospital patient

'Patients should be given the right to be on a single-sex ward'

Speaking on BBC Radio Northampton today, Andrew Simpson, Lib Dem Parliamentary spokesperson for Northampton North Constituency has called for less Government 'meddling' in local hospitals and criticised the Government's failure to address the issue of mixed-sex wards.

"It should be up to local hospitals to provide patients with a choice of mixed sex or single-sex wards - this should be about patient choice not Government interference" said Andrew. "It is important though that patients do have a choice because for many being put on a mixed-sex ward could be disturbing and uncomfortable."

"The Government set itself a target to eradicate mixed-sex wards in hospitals and yet has now been forced to admit that many hospital trust have been unable to comply despite this objective was first set in 1997".

Andrew was reacting to the news that Tony Blair as leader of the Opposition in 1996 had criticised the then Conservative Government for not dealing with the issue he had said "Is it beyond the wit of the Government and health administrators to deal with this problem ?" Labour had pledged to scrap mixed-sex wards when it came to power in 1997.

"Whilst personally I have no problem with a mixed-sex ward clearly single-sex wards should be provided. Yet again another example of Labour failing to deliver." continued Andrew