NHS patients on mixed-sex mental health wards ‘have been sexually abused more than 1,000 times’ in the last three years, shock figures reveal

07 January 2020 – Daily Mail

There were 1,019 reports of alleged sexual assaults between men and women in England from April 2017 to October 2019.

Trusts report that they are following policies on single-sex accommodation but men and women in mental health units still mix in communal areas or in overloaded wards.

The data was given by 47 out of a total 56 mental health trusts in an investigation by the Health Service Journal.

Of the abuse reports, 491 were considered serious enough for staff to refer them to safeguarding services, while just 104 were reported to the police.

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