CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

HEALTH – MIXED-SEX WARDS – 18 July 2006

Dr Julian Lewis: Having had a Bill on this subject talked out by the Government as long ago as December 1997, may I ask the Minister what level of compensation – if any – the Government typically pay to a woman mental health in-patient after she has been raped in an in-patient unit as a result of the Government's broken promises to eliminate mixed-sex wards?

[The Minister of State, Department of Health (Ms Rosie Winterton): ... If rapes had taken place and there was a police investigation, that course would obviously be followed.]