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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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coldclimate
24th Nov, 2006 09:34 (UTC)
When lieing face down, with your bum in the air, post surgery, that last thing you want to be thinking of is what is the person in the bed across from you thinking, and this is gnerally easier if the other perosn has one almost the same, beleive me.

I suspect is stems from Victorian morals, and is now slightly outdated (as the person in the bed across the way might be very open about fancying you), but when it comes to reduced stress, single sex wards win for me everytime. Its possibly one of the few places I might rein in my flurting.

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