A group of clinicians has warned NHS bosses that they must remove “dehumanising” language such as “people with a vagina” and reinstate sex-based language in its cancer and pregnancy web pages.
In an open letter, the Clinical Advisory Network on Sex and Gender (CAN-SG) called on NHS bosses to put back the word “woman” in communications about women’s health.
The NHS had “desexed” some of its main sites on female medical conditions by using “inclusive” gender-neutral language that excludes the words “female” and “women.”
CAN-SG, a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, said they are concerned about changes to the NHS website which have removed “accurate and respectful terminology about women’s health.”
Many NHS doctors, nurses, and health practitioners have put their signatures to the letter. They include Dr. David Bell, former president of the British Psychoanalytic Society and the whistleblower who raised concerns about the now-closed Tavistock gender clinic in London, which was accused of rushing vulnerable children into life-changing transgender treatments.
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