The policy capture in the NHS.
A series on the NHS.
In recent weeks it has been revealed that a woman was subject to an alleged rape, by a man claiming a “trans” identity, in an NHS, female, ward. (As the crime is subject to a police investigation I am using “alleged” because criminal charges are pending. Shockingly, the hospital told the woman she could not have been raped because there were no “men” on the ward. In U.K law rape is an offence involving a penis, women tend not to have one of these. 😳. It transpired, after a year long battle, there was CCTV footage, a penis was present and the police are now investigating.
It was this case that prompted this series.
Firstly I looked at the policy, from 2007, commissioned by the NHS. This was written by an LGBTQ+ activist.
The 2007 policy made much of a court case to prevent Health Authorities from operating a blanket ban on the provision of publicly funded “gender reassignment surgeries”. It was interesting to see the strategic use of Human Rights Legislation and the decisions of the European Court. The Judges were not persuaded by this strategy, in fact they were manifestly irritated.
Next I looked at the current policy of Birmingham University Hospital Trust. This policy was drafted in 2019 and is due for renewal in August 2022. As you will see they are listening to Trans Lobby groups and appear to have given little consideration to their vulnerable, female patients. Should you find yourself hospitalised in Birmingham you may find yourself a supporting actor in a male’s gender journey and in danger of having treatment withheld, for the crime of believing in the reality of biological sex. 🤦
Following the publication of the above piece somebody sent me a copy of Birmingham’s Trans Procedure which outlines expectations in more detail. In this piece I cover the legal reasons why a woman, even if she has just been raped by a man, will be told there is no “man” on the ward. Disclosure of this information, when obtained in an official capacity, brings the danger of a level 5 fine. There is no cap on how high this fine can be. It is categorised as unlimited!
Finally I turned my attention to a policy from 2008. This was also funded by the Department of Health and written by a trans-identified, heterosexual male, Christine Burns. This policy plays a very slippery game re the law and the role assigned to women to participate in “the real life experience”. We are to be forced into a fake “sisterhood” so that the trans-identified male can demonstrate social acceptance. This policy was also notable for including a reference to how Iran allows “gender reassignment surgeries”. What Burns fails to point out is that they are forced on gay men on pain of death. Once again proving that the force-teaming of T with LGB is a disaster for Gay Rights.
In the process of this series I found reference to a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group (SOGIAG), who were advising government. I also found another bit of research by Stephen Whittle; another trans rights activist. I will also cover that document which is much broader than the NHS.