Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
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Nick Clegg: Mixed-sex wards 'are wrong'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has confirmed the coalition government plans to abolish mixed sex wards in hospitals in England by the end of this year.

He said details of the proposals would be announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley on Tuesday, and that it was "really difficult for people... feeling very vulnerable" to be deprived of somewhere "they can feel comfortable".

in wards where they feel that they don't have the privacy they need", they find it uncomfortable, just at a time when people are feeling very, very vulnerable, very kind of unsure about what's happening to them, to also make them feel that somehow they're not in a setting where they can feel comfortable. It's just wrong. And we have to change that, and we are going to change it.")

  • 16 Aug 2010