The UK Health Secretary has ordered an urgent investigation into new guidelines that tells NHS staff to treat all patients as gender-neutral.
Steve Barclay is demanding answers after learning that the taxpayers had funded the guide to ‘inclusive communication’.
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The woke guide instructs doctors and nurses to keep a straight face and constant tone of voice when quizzing patients about their sexual orientation or gender. They are told not to use phrases such as ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ or ‘he’ and ‘she’ until a patient has confirmed their gender identity.
They are also told to remember that this information may have changed since the patient’s last appointment
The Mail Online reports: The 16-page document features a foreword by Dr Michael Brady, national adviser for LGBT health at NHS England, who describes it as a ‘must read’ for all health and social care professionals.
It has been produced by researchers who received a £164,964 government grant to study how clinicians could improve their communication with LGBT patients and present their findings as ‘evidence-based guidance’ for them to follow.
Critics questioned why civil servants had considered it a better use of funds than providing more operations or ambulances.
The Department of Health warned that removing gendered language risked ‘unintended adverse health consequences’.
A source close to Mr Barclay, who is said to have ‘hit the roof’ after the guide was unearthed by the Mail, revealed he had launched an investigation into the spending, adding: ‘Taxpayers’ money needs to be invested in fixing the NHS so it can provide better care for patients, not squandered on woke pamphlets.’
The National Institute for Health and Care Research, which bankrolled the research and guidance, is one of the UK’s largest funders of health and care research and is funded directly by the Department of Health and Social Care.