Hospitals in the United Kingdom are allowing male patients to stay in women-only wards so long as they identify as female — a policy that has angered many women’s rights activists and patients.
An investigation by The Daily Telegraph has revealed that none of the National Health Service trusts in England require patients to have already begun the process of their physical sex transition in order to stay in women-only hospital wards.
Such a policy exists despite the Department of Health’s rules stating that “men and women should not have to share sleeping accommodation or toilet/bathroom facilities.”
However, the rule has exceptions in cases “where it is in the overall best interests of the patient or reflects the patient’s choice.”
The Daily Telegraph reports that the NHS is not able to track how many trans-identified patients are accommodated in wards meant for the opposite biological sex because the patients are recorded in the system under their preferred gender identity, not their actual biological sex.
According to the report, the staff at one hospital were told that they need to consult with a trans-identified patient before making any decisions about patient placement should a female victim of sexual assault object to sharing facilities with a biological man.
One nurse who works for a hospital in a major U.K. city told the newspaper that there was a report at her hospital of a biologically male trans-identified woman becoming sexually aroused while being held in a female-only ward.
“Particularly around medics, the patient would become lewd and rub their penis through their nightclothes,” the nurse explained. “This person was virtually masturbating in front of us all.”
The nurse said there were complaints from other patients who felt unsafe by the presence of the masturbating trans-identified patient.
“But they were told … that the patient was a woman and had a right to be there,’” the nurse said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith