LOCAL hospitals have excelled in meeting a new Government target.
According to a new report, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust – the board that oversees care at both Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital – is fully meeting targets to eliminate mixed sex accommodation.
And across Yorkshire and the Humber, the number of mixed-sex accommodation breaches fell 95% in just five months.
In September six incidents were recorded across the region compared to 114 in April.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “This is great news for people in Yorkshire and the Humber – 108 less people are staying in mixed sex hospital accommodation and 73% of their hospitals are reporting no breaches at all thanks to open and transparent information on every trust in the region.
“Hospitals across Yorkshire and the Humber have done a fantastic job getting to grips with this.
“No patient should have to suffer the indignity of mixed sex accommodation where it is not clinically justified.
“That is why we have introduced a fine of £250 for every breach, which can then be reinvested back into patient care.”