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Airedale Hospital hits its target over same-sex accommodation
10:00am Sunday 30th September 2012 in News
Airedale Hospital adhered to a same-sex accommodation policy without any breaches last month, according to new figures.
It was among 13 NHS trusts across Yorkshire and the Humber with a 100 per cent record, said the Department of Health.
Only one breach occurred in the region, compared to 180 in December 2010 when the data was first collected.
Health Minister Dan Poulter said: “Nobody should have to suffer the indignity of mixed-sex accommodation. Thanks to the hard work of NHS staff in Yorkshire and the Humber and the Government’s rigorous monitoring system, the number of patients placed in mixed-sex accommodation has reduced nationally by 99 per cent.
“Any hospital in Yorkshire and the Humber still placing patients in mixed-sex accommodation will face fines of £250 per patient, per day for every breach.
“I am pleased that we are making good progress and improving dignity for patients.”
Under the commitment, patients should not have to share sleeping accommodation with the opposite sex and should have segregated bathroom and toilet facilities without going through opposite-sex areas.
Rob Dearden, director of nursing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “At Airedale, making sure that our patients are treated with privacy and dignity is one of our top priorities and an extremely important part of this is being cared for in same-sex accommodation.”