MALE patients who identify as women are free to share female wards, an investigation has found.
NHS guidance about transgenders has now been slammed.
Fewer than ten trusts consider the needs of all patients on the issue, says analysis by The Daily Telegraph. In one case a nurse claimed a patient identifying as a transgender woman became sexually aroused in front of elderly patients when put on a female ward.
Since April 2011, trusts have been fined £250 when a patient is placed on a ward for the opposite sex. Tory David Davies said: “It’s quite right that a Tory government made a commitment to end mixed-sex wards. But people with male bodies should be on male wards.”
Dr Nicola Williams, of Fair Play for Women, said: “In an attempt to accommodate a minority, the state is sacrificing the needs of the majority at their most vulnerable.”
Human rights lawyer Amanda Jones called the NHS’s interpretation of the law “a mess” and added: “If you aren’t even considering other groups in your equality impact assessments, your policy cannot be lawful.”
Charity Stonewall said: “It’s important trusts are working to ensure trans patients are treated equally because our research shows two in five avoid treatment for fear of discrimination.”
NHS Improvement stressed decisions should be made in the interests of all patients.