Keep hospitals single-sex

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Keep hospitals single-sex

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A horrifying report was published in the Daily Telegraph on the 3rd August 2021, stating that at least 3 NHS hospitals are allowing for male sex offenders to be placed on female hospital wards if they identify as women.

This is a direct contravention of an existing order in the 2011 Patients´ Charter which gives patients the specific right to request a single-sex ward.

It is not just the 3 trusts identified by the Daily Telegraph who have specifically allowed for male sex offenders to be placed on female wards, following a risk assessment. Every single NHS trust has issued revised guidelines requiring that patients should be treated according to how they self-identify and present, as opposed to their biological sex.

These rules do not only apply to adults but also children, even if their parents disagree and they are not deemed competent. This is resulting in children being left vulnerable on segregated mental health wards.

Patients who object to being placed on a ward with someone who is obviously of the opposite sex, are being labelled as bigots, compared to racists and guidelines suggest that they are reported to the police for hate crime. Staff are also too frightened to raise safeguarding concerns in case this jeopardises their job. Nurses also highlight that they often do not have time to complete comprehensive risk assessments.

These policies clearly pose a danger to women and children and also infringe upon the dignity and privacy of every single patient.

The campaign group Women and Children First,  has reported harrowing accounts of women and children being subject to sexualised behaviour, assaults and even rape on hospital premises by males placed in female wards. One whistleblowing nurse described how a transgender-identified male on a female ward became sexually aroused which caused enormous distress to a group of elderly occupants. 

Many female hospital patients are being caused severe distress by having their intimate care witnessed by biological men presenting as women on their ward. and are feeling unsafe using shared washing and toilet facilities with intact males. It is degrading and humiliating and could constitute a breach of the Human Rights Act. 

Hospitals ought to be a place of safety and refuge for everyone. 

Sign the petition to the Health Secretary Sajid Javid and demand that the NHS scraps these self-identification guidelines and re-imposes the right (outlined in the Patients' Charter) to single-sex wards and facilities for every single hospital patient who does not require specialist/high dependency care. 


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Scrap NHS self identification guidelines

To Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health

The Daily Telegraph has reported that at least 3 NHS trusts are letting male-born sex-offenders be placed on female hospital wards if they identify as women. 

The Telegraph has also reported that NHS England has told hospitals to allow children to self-identify their gender - even if they are not deemed competent and their parents disagree.

Just as concerning, under these policies any patient who objects to being placed on a ward with a member of the opposite sex is being accused of having a racist mentality,  with NHS staff being ordered to report them to the police for a hate crime. Staff are also fearful of raising safeguarding concerns in case they should similarly be deemed ‘transphobic’ and lose their jobs.

These guidelines are clearly not fit for purpose. Not only do they imperil the safety of vulnerable women and children, but they also affect the dignity and privacy of every patient - whether male or female. They potentially constitute a breach of the Human Rights Act which rules against degrading or inhuman treatment. 

Please suspend the current NHS guidance that allows for patients to be treated on the basis of self-identification rather than physical biology, and re-implement the right outlined in the Patients' Charter for patients to access single-sex wards.

Yours sincerely,

[Your Name]

Keep hospitals single-sex

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