The Health Secretary Alan Johnson has said that he will abolish mixed sex hospital wards within a year. Hurrah. But will it actually happen? Well not if their past record is anything to go by.
In Labour's 1997 and 2001 manifestos they promised to eliminate mixed sex wards but 11 years on they are having to repeat their promise because they have failed to make true on the commitment. So why should we believe that this is anything more than just a cynical attempt to relaunch the Labour Party as it descends further down the opinion polls?
I think mixed sex wards are an abomination in what should be a dignified environment of care for the ill - especially, although not exclusively, for elderly patients. I genuinely hope that this is more than another promise to be broken by this failing Labour Government.