UK NHS to change transgender policies in the name of women’s rights

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10/03/2023

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service announced plans to bring back sex-specific language and spaces to the nationalized health system in an effort to bolster women’s rights amid the challenges involved with transgender policy in healthcare. “As conservatives, we know what a woman is, and the vast majority of NHS staff and patients do, too,” Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Steve Barclay said at the Conservative Party Conference on Tuesday evening. The NHS in 2021 announced guidance that transgender people could be placed on medical wards for the gender with which they identify. Barclay said this policy “silences the voices of [biological] women” who are uncomfortable with being in the same healthcare spaces as biological males.

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