The NHS has sparked outrage by allowing transgender people to be admitted to female-only units.
Allowing sex offenders born male but identifying as female to be placed on women-only wards has sparked outrage.
When choosing whether or not to admit a person born male to a female-only ward, NHS trusts in Devon, Oxfordshire, and Nottinghamshire have advised staff that a criminal background should be considered as part of the risk assessment.
However, they make no mention of transsexual guys being denied admission.
The announcement has prompted outrage and raised concerns about women’s safety.
It comes as NHS Trusts throughout the UK have released guidance on allowing transgender people to pick which wards, lavatories, and showers they use.
Despite a Department of Health directive requiring hospitals to provide single-sex wards, the regulations have been implemented.
Medical professionals have expressed concern that the recommendations could endanger the most vulnerable.
The NHS, according to Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, chair of the Parliamentary campaign group Children and Women First, is denying women the right to “dignity and privacy” in their treatment by “manipulating and distorting” equality rules.
“The NHS is the best in the world,” she continued. We cannot afford for the NHS to deviate in this way. It will be the world’s laughingstock.”
“If the service user has a history of sex-offending, risk should be handled in the same way it would be with any other client, regardless of gender,” according to the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
“Transgender people must be able to use the facilities of their preferred gender while admitted,” according to Devon Partnership NHS Trust guidance.
According to Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust guidance, “previous history of sexual offending should be taken into account” when deciding on a treatment setting.
“Hospitals must preserve the safety, privacy, and dignity of all patients, including respecting the legal standards established by Parliament,” according to an NHS official.
When you’re sick, undressed, or unable to go home to your own bed, it’s a basic question of dignity that you’re not forced to share a room with persons of the opposite sex.
NHS England has had a policy of “single-sex wards” since 2009. But there was a flaw from the start.
People can choose an opposite-sex ward based on “the way they dress, and the name and pronouns they now use,” according to an addendum to the regulation.
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