A long standing pledge to close mixed sex hospital wards has been dropped by the Conservatives.
The commitment to end shared hospital accommodation has been dropped by Theresa May after appearing in the Conservatives’ 2015 and 2010 manifestos.
There were 7,771 incidents of mixed sex wards being used in 2016/17 compared to 3,741 four years earlier.
Labour accused Theresa May, the Prime Minister and Tory leader, of letting down patients who expect “dignity and respect”.
Hospital chiefs can be fined £250 per patient per day for breaches of mixed-sex NHS rules.
Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s health spokesman, said: “It is astonishing that the Tories have ditched their commitment.”
Labour will end mixed sex wards if the party forms the next Government.
Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, added: “The progress we made in reducing mixed sex wards during the coalition government is now completely unravelling.
“Men and women should never be forced to share hospital wards in a modern health service. It is an affront to basic human dignity.”
A Conservative spokesman said that numbers of patients in mixed sex wards fell by 93 per cent since 2010.