UK Health Secretary pledges to ban trans women from women’s hospital wards despite zero complaints

A UK Conservative Party conference took place in Manchester this week, where the theme was “long term decisions.” And Tory politicians continue to bet that attacks on the trans community will play out well for them in the long term, despite polling that says otherwise. In one of the conference’s most vile moments, Health Secretary Steve Barclay pledged changes to the NHS constitution. “As Conservatives, we know what a woman is,” Barclay said, per The Independent.

Unsurprisingly, the changes Barclay wants to make are less about reducing wait times and more about propping up scapegoats. His main concerns were banning trans women from female-only hospital wards and stopping doctors from sharing their pronouns with patients. He went on to condemn general “wokery” and diversity programs within the NHS.

Less than a week after demonizing gay refugees, UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman has thrown her weight behind Barclay’s proposal. On Tuesday, Braverman spoke to SkyNews and suggested the proposal should go beyond hospitals.

“Trans women have no place in women’s wards or, indeed, any safe space relating to biological women,” Braverman said.

“The health secretary’s absolutely right to clarify and make it clear that biological men should not have treatment in the same wards and in the same safe spaces as biological women.

“This is about protecting women’s dignity, safety and privacy and that’s why I’m incredibly supportive and welcome the announcement.” 

Throughout Barclay’s speech, he cited no incidents where trans women patients had been a problem for anyone. Britain’s first openly transgender MP, Conservative Jamie Wallis, explained that there was “no evidence of even a single complaint about the presence of trans women in particular spaces.”

“Whilst Mr Barclay is solving a problem, with our continued support and encouragement, I hope to see him solve ones which actually exist,” Wallis added.

Health providers likewise slammed the proposal for failing to address real crises that face hospitals in the UK. Sara Gorton, Head of Health for Unison (one of the largest trade unions in the UK) noted the “endlessly growing waiting lists, lengthening ambulance delays, worsening industrial relations and a hopelessly adrift social care system” that patients endure.

Julian Hartley, the chief executive of NHS Providers, pointed out that the goal of healthcare is to help people. “Any proposed changes to the NHS constitution should have improving inclusivity at the heart of what they do and be subject to wide conversations and consultation,” Hartley said.

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