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Hospitals could face fines if they fail to end the use of mixed-sex wards as part of renewed efforts to tackle the long-running issue, it has been revealed.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said hospitals cannot provide a 'sub-standard' service and patients had the right to privacy and dignity.

Mr Lansley said that the plans would be outlined in the Department of Health Operating Framework, which sets out health service priorities for 2011.

The new measures will come into force from April if hospitals fail to meet the coalition's expectations for single-sex accommodation.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said that outside of emergencies there is no reason for patients to stay in mixed-sex wards and there would be punishments for those who fail to comply with the new rules.

He said: 'Where they breach those rules, the point is we are not going to pay hospitals for providing a sub-standard service.

'We will make it clear in the new year that every hospital will report on their compliance with the new standards on single-sex accommodation.

'Patients have a right to expect that they have dignity and privacy. If there is a breach of that, that too will be published, so everybody will be held to account for this.'

As part of the announcement, primary care trusts (PCTs) will learn how much they will have to spend in the coming year.

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