Health Secretary Steve Barclay is reportedly going to tell the NHS to bar trans women from being housed on female-only wards.
According to The Telegraph, the leading politician is set to announce a push back against “wokery” in the health service. His plans are set to include giving men and women the right to a ward shared only by members of their own biological sex.
He also aims to give people the choice to have intimate care provided by someone of the same sex. The Health Secretary told the publication it would be a “a common-sense approach to sex and equality”.
It comes after 2021 guidance reportedly told NHS medics to allow trans patients the choice to be based on single-sex wards of the gender they identify. Barclay is also set to announce the return of “sex-specific” language after references to women were removed from advice on menopause and ovarian cancer.
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Barclay is set to use his speech on Tuesday to announce a consultation with the NHS about how it can address an “ideological dogma”. He wants to look at strenghtening patients’ rights and protection for women.
Under the changes he is set to announce, trans patients could be housed in separate accommodation, which would include their own room. He told The Telegraph: “We need a common-sense approach to sex and equality issues in the NHS. That is why I am announcing proposals for clearer rights for patients.
“And I can confirm that sex-specific language has now been fully restored to online health advice pages about cervical and ovarian cancer and the menopause. It is vital that women’s voices are heard in the NHS and the privacy, dignity and safety of all patients are protected.”
While a source close to the Health Secretary added: “The Secretary of State is fed up with this agenda and the damage it’s causing, language like ‘chestfeeding’, talking about pregnant ‘people’ rather than women. It exasperates the vast majority of people, and he is determined to take action on it.
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“He is concerned that women’s voices should be heard on healthcare and that too often wokery and ideological dogma is getting in the way of this”.
Barclay is also believed to be using his speech on Tuesday to to announce a major expansion of the NHS workforce, with three new medical schools. The schools, at the University of Worcester, the University of Chester and Brunel University in Uxbridge, will mean more than 200 extra undergraduate places from September 2024.
He is also set to announce a £30 million fund to boost the use of technology in the health service.
to announce a major expansion of the NHS workforce, with three new medical schools. The schools, at the University of Worcester, the University of Chester and Brunel University in Uxbridge, will mean more than 200 extra undergraduate places from September 2024.
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