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Former health secretary Alan Johnson signs off in Scarborough

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Earlier this month nurses told former health secretary Alan Johnson about the difficulties of phasing out mixed-sex accommodation in old hospitals.

In one of his last duties as health secretary, Mr Johnson visited nurses in Yorkshire the week before the cabinet reshuffle that saw him promoted to the Home Office.

He made a low-key visit to Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust to see the work being done there to improve patient’s privacy and dignity.

The trust has recently received a share of £10.5m of government funding given to the Yorkshire and Humber region to ensure that male and female patients are treated in a single sex environment. 

Teresa Fenech, the trust’s director of nursing, said: ‘We showed him some of the work we are doing to improve privacy and dignity for patients. Staff also spoke to him about the difficulties and challenges we face within some of the older areas of the hospital to achieve this.

‘The new money we have received will be used towards building changes, installation of fixed partitions, curtains and screens, private bathrooms, better signage and patient information,’ she said.

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  • What about the sex of the staff?
    What about the sex of relatives?
    What about LGBT patients?

    I spend a good part of my time on the ward trying to get people to cover up when they are not realy bothered.

    This realy does not fit in with what I am seeing.

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