The chronic shortage of beds in the NHS is clearly illustrated by figures published today that show over 7,770 patients had to share rooms with the opposite sex in the year to March 2017. This is up from just 2,655 incidents two years ago, an increase of 192%
This comes despite a 2015 Conservative manifesto pledge to eliminate mixed-sex wards altogether, and is yet another sign of the impossible pressure our NHS is under.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb commented: “Men and women should never be forced to share hospital wards in a modern health service. It is an affront to basic human dignity. The Conservatives should clarify to the public whether they will again include this failed commitment in their manifesto and how they expect to meet it.”