I read this yesterday and was very uneasy that any opposition might be interpreted as “transphobic”
MALE-born sex offenders who self-identify as women can be placed on female-only NHS wards, hospital trusts have said in guidance
Devon, Oxford and Nottinghamshire hospitals all tell staff that a criminal history should be part of a risk assessment when placing male-born people on female-only wards, but do not say it is a bar to admission.
NHS Trusts across the country issued guidance that says patients should be admitted based on the gender they identify with and therefore can choose which ward, toilets and shower facilities they use. Some trusts have labelled those who express discomfort as transphobic, compared them to racists in official guidelines and ordered staff to report them to police for hate crimes
What bothered me was that many hospital patients are frail and elderly and from our experience even general wards have patients who are confused and may be suffering from various forms of dementia.
So it has come as something of a relief to read today that the Health Secretary is to review guidance on transgender patients being admitted to single-sex wards.
Sajid Javid is to take “fresh advice” on policies issued by NHS Trusts after it was revealed that they included instructions that male sex offenders who self-identify as women can be placed on female-only wards.
Despite instructions from the Department of Health to eliminate mixed sex wards, guidance from hospitals across England states that patients should be admitted based on the gender they identify with and can choose which ward, lavatories and facilities they use.
Mr Javid said last night: “All patients, including women and transgender people, should feel comfortable and safe in hospital. It’s not wrong to look at whether guidance is right, or how it’s being applied, to reassure everyone.
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