NHS has come under intense scrutiny after finding guidance that allows Trans people, regardless of their surgery status, to use female-only wards. Here’s the full story.
NHS England’s 2019 guidance on “Delivering same-sex accommodation” clarified that transgender women, born male, could be placed on female-only wards based on their presentation and self-identified gender.
They Can Use Female-Only Wards
Hospitals nationwide have implemented these policies, allowing individuals who occasionally identify as women to share female-only wards.
Gender Surgery Is Not Required
NHS trusts even specify that temporary gender presentation is sufficient for access, and some policies shift the responsibility onto other patients if any objections arise.
Critics argued that they contradict established rules preventing cross-gender placements in close proximity.
Many Hospitals Are Following the Guidelines
In response to these concerns, Freedom of Information requests were sent to all NHS hospital trusts in England, with 65 confirming that transgender patients could use facilities aligned with their gender identity
The investigation by Daily Mail into the extent of “woke” gender ideology infiltrating the NHS has brought to light more incidents.
Saying Mother is Offensive
One example is when midwives were told that they could harm Trans people who have given birth by calling them “mothers”.
Staff members have also received lengthy lists of terms related to gender identity like “abrosexual” to “third-gendered”, some of which were crafted by advocacy groups like Stonewall.
These policies have been accused of misrepresenting equality laws, neglecting women’s rights, and failing to accommodate gender-critical perspectives.
A Prominent Advocate Argued
Maya Forstater, a prominent advocate and executive director of Sex Matters, voiced concerns about the risks these policies pose to transgender patients’ health and the broader implications for all patients receiving medical care.
The Need for Respecting Rights
She highlighted the need for clear guidance that respects both transgender rights and patient safety, criticizing the influence of ideologically motivated staff in policy formulation.
Former Minister’s Argument
Former Cabinet minister Ranil Jayawardena argued that implementing policies that place biological males in female wards contradicts the fundamental concept of single-sex accommodations.
A Different Understanding
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “My understanding is: unless someone has a legal gender certification stating a new gender, they are still the gender they were born in.”
Another User wrote, “This is a disgusting, vulnerable woman, many drugged up on painkillers, exposed to predatory males when they are sick and unable to defend themselves.”
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