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Segregating By Sex In Hospitals

Row over mixed-sex hospital wards

OK, I've not really had any long stints in hospital, so maybe I'd feel differently if I had, but this ones got me confused? Why is this an issue?

Why do we need to segregate by sex in hospital wards?

If it's just a question of dignity, then surely you could easily suffer the same loss of dignity around members of the same sex? Besides isn't that what they put the curtains around the beds for? I would like to think they'd use them when there was any risk of loss of dignity.

I guess this is just an issue that I just don't get.

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feanelwa
23rd Nov, 2006 23:52 (UTC)
I think it's more of an issue with old people who've been brought up to believe more strongly that looking ill or not-dressed in front of the other sex is not the done thing - and most people in hospitals are old, especially among longer stay patients.

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