Mixed-sex wards

The government has pledged to try and get rid of Britain's remaining NHS mixed-sex wards.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley is expected to ask chief nursing officer Dame Christine Beasley to inspect hospitals with mixed-sex wards and oversee the transition from existing arrangements.

Labour manifestos for their twin election landslides of 1997 and 2001 included pledges to end same-sex wards, but former health minister Lord Darzi said the same-sex bays within wards was more realistic in 2008.

He described same-sex wards as an "aspiration that cannot be met".

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