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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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thethirdvoice
24th Nov, 2006 00:27 (UTC)
It is common for sexes to be separated in, e.g. hostels, many women like to be able to shut random men out from where they are sleeping. You can lose your dignity in a hospital ward to some extent, even with curtains, and it can seem worse in front of the opposite sex. On the other hand, I'm sure there are more pressing issues in the NHS.
feanelwa
24th Nov, 2006 00:30 (UTC)
Oh, that's true. The nurse button doesn't bring a nurse for at least 10 minutes in the middle of the night, and the SERIOUSLY SEND A NURSE RIGHT NOW button isn't reachable from the bed, really. If some random bloke had chosen to attack me while out of my skull on tramadol, I wouldn't have had a hope. (But his name and address, and NHS number, would have been on record - but the damage would have been done.)

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