In an NHS cost-cutting move which has come as a shocker to patients’ groups, administrators at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup have ordered that women undergoing gynaecological treatment at the hospital will be put on the same ward as men.
The plan, which has been termed as “shameful” by patients’ groups, is being introduced by the South London Healthcare Trust, which runs the hospital, and was placed in administration by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley after it ran up debts of over £150million.
Under the move, a gynaecology ward of the hospital will be shuttered and women patients - including those who are being treated for cancer or have suffered a miscarriage – will be shifted to a surgical ward where male patients are nursed.
The trust administrators’ decision to have women under treatment for gynaecological problems stay on the same ward as men is a disquieting move which has been introduced despite the fact that of PM Davis Cameron’s pre-election pledges was to bring down the number of mixed wards.
Moreover, it is being reported that the shocking cost-cutting plan to be executed at Queen’s Mary Hospital is part of a countrywide review into NHS services – and may possibly be rolled out across the country -, one of the NHS nurses said about the move: “In all my years of working in the NHS, this is the lowest moment.”
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