NHS patients express increasing dissatisfaction with levels of privacy

NHS patients are increasingly dissatisfied with the level of privacy afforded to them in hospital, a new report has revealed, after repeated Government failures to close mixed-sex wards.

A patient-led study assessing the non-clinical aspect of NHS care shows that scores in the area of “privacy, dignity and wellbeing” have decreased by four per cent since 2014.

The revelation comes just months after a long-standing pledge to close mixed-sex hospital wards was dropped by the Conservatives, despite it appearing in both its 2015 and 2010 manifestos.

Figures published earlier this year showed that the number of patients who had to endure mixed-sex hospital ward had trebled in two years.

Almost 8,000 patients were treated in shared accommodation in the 12 months to March – a rise from 2,655 in 2014/15.

NHS rules that say men and women should be treated on different wards.

It follows repeated pledges from Conservatives to end the practice, with four manifesto promises.

Hospitals must now pay out up to £250 for every mixed-sex breach – defined as a night spent by a patient on a mixed-sex ward.

Full story in The Telegraph, 15 August 2017