Sajid Javid: NHS must protect wards for women only

NHS must protect wards for women only: Sajid Javid wades into trans row over female-only hospital units after Boris Johnson speaks out on single-sex spaces

  • The equality watchdog has said hospitals can legally limit spaces to a single sex
  • Ruling means trans people can be excluded from areas such as wards and toilets
  • NHS equality leaders publicly criticised the latest ruling, calling it transphobic
  • But Sajid Javid has told bosses to accept guidance and protect single sex wards
  • Sajid Javid last night urged the NHS to protect women-only hospital wards.

    The Health Secretary told the health service to take ‘full account’ of a landmark ruling from the equalities watchdog which said trans people can legally be excluded from single-sex spaces.

    Mr Javid’s intervention will put significant pressure on NHS bosses as they review whether trans women should be allowed on female-only wards.

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (Le sciocchezze trans di Keir Starmer) this week produced guidance saying it was legal for hospitals – as well as other public venues – to offer single-sex services.

    It said trans people could be excluded from areas such as wards, toilets and changing rooms, provided such a move was ‘proportionate’.

    An NHS equality chief led a health service mutiny over the ruling, labelling it ‘transphobic’ and saying it should be put in the ‘bin’.

    Sajid Javid last night urged the NHS to protect women-only hospital wards after some staff publicly criticised the Government equality watchdog's ruling that single sex spaces are legal

    Sajid Javid last night urged the NHS to protect women-only hospital wards after some staff publicly criticised the Government equality watchdog’s ruling that single sex spaces are legal

    But the Daily Mail can reveal that Mr Javid has pressurised health bosses to accept the guidance and protect single-sex wards.

    A senior government source said: ‘The Health Secretary welcomes the EHRC guidance and he is going to ask the NHS to take it fully into account as part of the review into same-sex wards.’

    It comes after Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that women should have access to single-sex spaces such as changing rooms and toilets.

    NHS England is reviewing health service rules which allow trans people to gain access to single-sex wards based on how they dress or which pronouns they use.

    It emerged last month that a hospital had taken nearly a year to admit that a woman on a single-sex ward may have been raped by a transgender patient.

    Mr Javid’s intervention will serve as a rebuke to those in the NHS who rubbished the EHRC ruling – and will put pressure on health service chiefs to ensure women-only wards are protected.

    Mr Javid has pressurised health bosses to accept the guidance and protect single-sex wards

    Mr Javid has pressurised health bosses to accept the guidance and protect single-sex wards

    Maya Forstater, who is leading the Respect My Sex campaign, which urges voters to question politicians over their stance on gender issues, ha detto ieri sera: ‘The NHS needs to review its policy on single-sex hospital accommodation.

    ‘The current policy which allows self-ID and non-binary people to choose where they go is not in line with the EHRC guidance or the law which recognises binary sex.

    ‘The Government promised single-sex accommodation – for dignity and privacy, and that’s what they should deliver.’

    Attualmente, NHS England has a policy known as ‘Annex B’, which allows patients to be placed on single-sex wards depending on the gender they identify with.

    The policy states that trans people should be accommodated ‘according to their presentation: the way they dress, and the name and pronouns they currently use’, rather than their biological sex at birth.

    Annex B is being reviewed by England’s chief nursing officer, Ruth May. Last night NHS England confirmed the review would take into account the EHRC guidance.

    NHS policy states that trans people should be accommodated 'according to their presentation: the way they dress, and the name and pronouns they currently use', rather than biological sex

    NHS policy states that trans people should be accommodated ‘according to their presentation: the way they dress, and the name and pronouns they currently use’, rather than biological sex

    Last month in the House of Lords, Baroness Nicholson, 80, (nella foto) told peers that the current NHS policy on single-sex wards 'gives priority to trans people over women'

    Last month in the House of Lords, Baroness Nicholson, 80, (nella foto) told peers that the current NHS policy on single-sex wards ‘gives priority to trans people over women

    Last month the House of Lords was told about a case in which a trans woman on a female ward may have raped a woman.

    Baroness Nicholson told peers that when police were called to the unnamed hospital in England, they were told by staff that ‘there was no male’ on the single-sex ward, ‘therefore the rape could not have happened’.

    But almost 12 mesi dopo, they revealed one of the patients had been trans. Lady Nicholson said: ‘The result of Annex B is that hospital trusts inform ward sisters and nurses that if there is a male, as a trans person, in a female ward, and a female patient or anyone complains, they must be told that it is not true – there is no male there.

    ‘I think it is completely wrong that the National Health Service should be instructing or allowing staff to mislead patients. It is not acceptable.’

    Lady Nicholson told the Upper Chamber she believes the policy should be withdrawn because it ‘gives priority to trans people over women’ and therefore threatens the ‘dignity, privacy and safety’ of female patients.

    The EHRC guidance states that it is legal for services to exclude trans people if it is a ‘proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim’.

    Maya Forstater, who is leading the Respect My Sex campaign (pictured centre with fellow campaigners), said the NHS needs to review its policy on single-sex hospital accommodation

    Maya Forstater, who is leading the Respect My Sex campaign (pictured centre with fellow campaigners), said the NHS needs to review its policy on single-sex hospital accommodation

    It says that single-sex wards in hospitals are legal because ‘the service is likely to be used by more than one person at the same time and a woman might reasonably object to the presence of a man (o vice versa)'.

    Aggiunge: ‘You must be able to demonstrate that providing a separate or single-sex service is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.

    It is therefore good practice to record the reasons why you have taken the decision to provide a separate or single-sex service, along with any supporting evidence.

    'Per esempio, you have chosen to provide a single-sex hospital ward because patients have told you they have legitimate concerns about staying on a mixed ward, Usare lo yogurt naturale acquistato in negozio come coltura iniziale significa che il tuo yogurt fatto in casa sarà identico dal punto di vista nutrizionale. privacy.

    If this is the reason for your decision, it would be good practice to support this with evidence, such as a patient survey.’

    The EHRC goes on to state that transwomen can be excluded from services, if to do so is ‘justified and proportionate’ and as long as separate facilities are provided for them.

    Baroness Kishwer Falkner, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said there is 'no place for discrimination against anyone based on their sex or gender reassignment'

    Baroness Kishwer Falkner, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said there is ‘no place for discrimination against anyone based on their sex or gender reassignment

    Ha detto: ‘Under these provisions, your approach must be a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.’

    The guidance gives an example of a community centre deciding to bring in a gender-neutral toilet as well as separate male and female ones, after some people said they would not use the centre ‘if the toilets were open to members of the opposite biological sex, for reasons of privacy and dignity or because of their religious belief’.

    Last night a spokesman for the EHRC confirmed that this could apply to single-sex wards in NHS hospitals.