Den britiske helseministeren Andrew Lansley vil i nærmeste fremtid erklære at det er slutt på at mannlige og kvinnelige pasienter er på samme avdeling.

A national newspaper said Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is to declare that men and women sharing wards is to be ended in all but accident and emergency and intensive care units by the end of the year.

The paper said he asked Chief Nursing Officer Dame Christine Beasley to visit all hospital trusts that still have mixed-sex wards to see what they were doing to ensure that male and female patients did not have to share facilities.

Mr Lansley confirmed that he would be making a statement on the subject «shortly», saying that getting rid of mixed-sex wards was in the best interests of patients.

«I have made clear repeatedly my deep frustration at the fact that mixed-sex accommodation has not been eliminated from the NHS,» he said. «Eliminating mixed-sex accommodation is in patients best interests, and I made clear the priority I attach to it in the revised operating framework published in June. I will have more to say on this shortly.»

Government to end mixed-sex wards