LGBT Foundation expresses deep disappointment regarding the recent announcement by the UK Health Secretary, which outlines the government’s intention to ban trans women from accessing female hospital wards. We firmly highlight the importance of safeguarding the privacy, dignity, and safety of all patients while upholding patient-centred, respectful, and flexible healthcare practices nationwide.
The decision made by the UK Government will have detrimental effects on the health and well-being of trans and non-binary individuals who already face barriers to accessing essential healthcare services. This decision will further discourage, or in some cases stop, trans and non-binary people from seeking care or openly discussing their gender identity and healthcare needs, ultimately leading to long-term health issues and an increased financial burden on an already under-pressure and under-resourced NHS.
Inclusive language has played a crucial role in dismantling barriers within the UK healthcare system in recent years, fostering an environment where trans and non-binary individuals feel more comfortable coming forward and discussing their healthcare needs. This leads to quicker and better life-saving healthcare interventions.
We urge the government to reconsider this decision and redirect their focus towards providing support and resources to the NHS to maintain its world-class, patient-centric, and freely accessible healthcare services for all.
LGBT Foundation remains dedicated to collaborating with allies across the health and wellbeing sector and the NHS to ensure that inclusive healthcare remains a reality for everyone.