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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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atreic
24th Nov, 2006 09:39 (UTC)
In general, I think a more healthy attitude to nudity / being around members of the opposite sex is a good thing, and (for example) support unisex toilets, etc.

But given we don't have that sort of situation, it doesn't seem at all surprising that hospital wards are segrigated.

When I was in hospital one evening, quite vunerable and exhausted and drugged up, a mad? drunk? old man tried to climb into bed with me, and it was most unpleasent.

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