NHS charter to stress biological sex when placing patients in wards

Health / Tue 30th Apr 2024 at 08:38am

TRANSGENDER women should not be put on single-sex female NHS wards, the government is proposing reports the BBC.

The measure is part of a raft of changes to the NHS Constitution for England, the charter of rights for patients.

The proposals stress the importance of biological sex for the first time when it comes to same-sex accommodation and intimate care.

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7 Comments for NHS charter to stress biological sex when placing patients in wards:

2024-04-30 09:34:25

If you are dying in a hospital corridor or if you are a member of NHS staff being forced to witness patients dying in corridors, I guess identity politics isn't front of mind - Fix the NHS first then you can stoke whatever culture war you wish. Same-sex accommodation should of course be a right, but don't try and use it as a smokescreen to hide your failures. We see this for what it is!

Captain Sensible
2024-04-30 13:27:48

I don't think this is a culture war, just looks like the NHS have finally decided to be sensible?

Mrs Black
2024-04-30 13:31:39

Wilkinson I can tell you as a retired Nurse we have had mixed sex wards for over 20 years. Yes absolutely our main concern is the welfare of our patients and back when I was training at PAH it was male/female assigned wards and I don't think that should ever have changed. I have to say that sadly, I'm not sure our NHS can be fixed now. We have far too many people in this country that have no business being here taking advantage of the service that was paid for by our parents and grandparents. I have to say that over the years I did long stints in A&E and while there were times that we had people on trolleys they were NOT lining the corridors. Each one is assessed and if the condition warrants it they jump the queue. I'm sick and tired of these horror tactics of people dying in corridors being bandied about. The only time I ever witnessed someone on a trolley having a medical incident that resulted in the patient dying was a Cardiac arrest and he hadn't been fully assessed by then and he wasn't stuck in the corridor, he was next to the Nurses station and his condition was such that no matter where he was he wouldn't have survived. We need to go back to the beginning and have same sex wards and fully trained hospital staff and and not have to rely on Agency nurses to make up the numbers.

Ross Young
2024-04-30 16:14:08

I agree that we need more permanent staff rather than relying upon bank and agency staff, but we are in a global market now and we just can’t compete against Canada, Australia and many other countries when it comes to recruitment. We have always been reliant upon overseas staff - Remember the Caribbean nurses who were so better trained than the nurses we had here at the time — Britain was well behind other countries then —- The nursing profession today bears no resemblance to the profession in the 1990’s and our degree holding nurses from the London Teaching Hospitals are headhunted from Health Services the world over. Organising hospitals into Ladies and Gentlemen is worthy, but better to group people by health status and put them into individual rooms, so they can receive specialist care for their condition. Your views on foreigners, I can’t agree with - Yes, resources are finite and immigration causes problems with housing and other infrastructure, but foreigners can’t be blamed for the appalling state of our health service. I know that as you get older (and I don’t want to generalise) your world view can change - You start to see foreigners and their children as the people in front of you in the wait for the doctor. When you are younger, you see them as friends and colleagues who share the burden. We are a country in debt - It has always been our children (including those of immigrants) and future generations who pay for and will pay for the services we use today!

Matthew Gillman
2024-04-30 17:19:45

About time!

2024-05-01 07:59:12

Ross, " foreigners can’t be blamed for the appalling state of our health service", we wouldn't have a NHS if it wasn't for 'foreigners'. And I agree, the NHS has been crushed down by the Tories, nobody else.

Jamie k g
2024-05-01 13:57:52

Labour started the influx of cheap foreign workers which crippled the NHS. Good old British doctors rightly packed off to the private sector or to work abroad.

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