CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

MENTAL HEALTH – MIXED-SEX WARDS – 10 November 1998

Dr Julian Lewis: Will the figures for acute beds in the NHS specify how many of them will be in mixed sex wards in acute psychiatric units? Does the Minister recall the Secretary of State's categorical pledge to me earlier this year that he would put a stop to the building of any new mixed sex wards in psychiatric units? How does she square that pledge with advice given by the NHS executive to Goodmayes hospital which restates all the old discredited arguments in favour of mixed sex wards in such units?