NHS trusts in England are ‘gaslighting’ patients over the inclusion of transgenderpeople on single-sex wards with official documents comparing those who question the official policies to ‘racists’, according to a whistleblower nurse.
Dr Sinead Helyar, who is a doctor and clinical research nurse at King’s College Hospital, claims that official NHS documents label patients who ask to be put in a single-sex ward as ‘transphobes’, ‘offenders’ and ‘perpetrators’.
She also highlighted her ‘concerns’ about the treatment of women patients on single-sex female wards, and said that NHS policies ‘prioritised male transgender patients in the very spaces set out for women’.
Speaking to a panel organised by the parliamentary campaign group Children and Women First at the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday morning, Dr Helyar said: ‘I speak in a personal capacity only as a nurse to highlight concerns where NHS policy has been formulated and enacted to the detriment of women. Dr Sinead Helyar highlighted her ‘concerns’ about the treatment of women patients on single-sex female wards, and claimed that NHS policies ‘prioritised male transgender patients’.
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