The National Health Service has published new guidance on how providers of NHS-funded care are expected to prioritise the safety, privacy and dignity of all patients whilst conforming to the regulations relating to same-sex accommodation. The general key points are that:
- Trans people should be accommodated according to their presentation: the way they dress, and the name and pronouns they currently use.
- This may not always accord with the physical sex appearance of the chest or genitalia.
- It does not depend on their having a gender recognition certificate (GRC) or legal name change.
- It applies to toilet and bathing facilities (except, for instance, that pre-operative trans people should not share open shower facilities).
- Views of family members may not accord with the trans person’s wishes, in which case, the trans person’s view takes priority.
This has clearly been thought through very carefully and is sensible and encouraging. It does NOT “drive a wrecking ball through hard-fought-for rules and rights” as claimed by Conservative MP for Monmouth, David Davies, in the Daily Telegraph on 2nd October.