Andrew Lansley the Health Secretary stated that he was frustrated that mixed-sex accommodation in hospitals had not yet been outlawed and that he planned to make an official statement in regards to the issue soon.
Lansley is expected to state that patients have the right to stay in single sex wards outside of the departments of intensive care and Accident and Emergency. Any hospital that misses the deadline that is set by Lansley is expected to be subjected to a high fine.
The newest statistics show that one out of every ten people who end up in the hospital have to stay in mixed wards, while another one out of three are forced to share unisex bathrooms.
The Privacy and Dignity Fund run by the former Labour party was behind improvements that led 95% of all hospitals in the UK to provide single sex accommodation with a fine already in place for those that have not yet confirmed to the standard.
In the past other Labour governments have tried to get the same policy passed but were never able to push it through.
It was Tony Blair who first pledged to end the practice of mixed-sex accommodation in hospitals back in 1996 before he became the Prime Minister, but it was passed on to Gordon Brown whose health minister was forced to state that it was not going to be complete by 2008.
The Shadow Health secretary, Andy Brunham, has spoken out against Lansley stating that he made the announcement in an attempt to claim credit for the hard work of the Labour party in getting the policy on the table.