Two thirds of psychiatric patients are treated on mixed sex wards, shows census

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c451
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    Mental health services are still disproportionately failing members of ethnic minority groups, says a report from the UK Care Quality Commission.

    Its annual survey of people in mental health wards in England and Wales also shows that in 2009 67% of patients (59% of men and 76% of women) were treated on mixed wards, proportions similar to those found in censuses carried out in 2007 and 2008. Additionally, 19% of men and 24% of women had to share mixed sex bathroom facilities during their stay in a psychiatric ward.

    The commission’s Count Me In report was based on a snapshot of patients on one day: 31 March 2009. It covered NHS and independent mental …

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