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‘NHS obssession’ with asking men if they are pregnant puts patients at risk, writes Dr MAX PEMBERTON

Hello sir. Can I ask if I may become pregnant before proceeding?

This is not the scenario I would have expected (and any of my healthcare professionals) to face in the past.

But in newspapers and magazines, television and radio, especially social media, the fierce debate about gender and biology broadcasting in the UK is becoming a reality.

And that’s what we healthcare professionals need to get used to quickly. In the so-called gender war NHS It is the front line.

Much of the media debate so far has focused on those who have been “cancelled” due to gender views and discussions about transgender athletes competing in women’s sports, but with practical results. It is our hospital.

See the latest example. Most women of childbearing age are familiar with the routine questions from medical professionals about their chances of becoming pregnant before undergoing a particular procedure.

Can physicians expect female patients to receive radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, or treatments or scans that include nuclear medicine because of potential risks to the embryo or fetus? I need to find out.

Doctors should take notes asking if a woman is expecting before receiving a particular procedure (file photo)

According to this week’s report, some NHS trusts are beginning to ask male patients with cancer and male patients undergoing x-ray and MRI scans if they can expect a baby.

This follows the government’s 2017 decision to replace the phrase “female of childbearing age” with “person of childbearing potential” in the rules.

The Walton Center NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool is one of several trusts that have adopted this practice and are currently planning to “all patients under the age of 60, regardless of how they identify their gender.” “I am asking a question. With radiation.

Some consider this to be another example of the disappearance of “women” from society. It caused a Twitter storm when JK Rowling had a problem with the heading “People with Menstruation” and criticized the tweet that Labor politician Rosie Duffield mentioned “People with cervix”. After firing as supporting.

Of course, it’s hard to disagree with their opposition, as “women” are becoming more and more dirty.

It is considered prejudiced and exclusive by some because it does not include trans-gender men who may still have a female body, including genitals.

But I see this latest development, which is being asked if men can get pregnant, as a symbol of the knot we are tying, especially at the NHS.

From time to time, what’s happening in medical services is almost like Orwell. This month, a patient allegedly raped by a transgender person appeared in the men’s and women’s ward of the NHS Hospital.

However, when police contacted the ward, they were informed that there were no men. [there]Therefore, despite CCTV footage and witnesses to the attack, rape should not have occurred.

This is because the legal definition of rape means that crime can only be committed by physically intact men and suspects identified as women.

The NHS policy, known as Annex B, allows patients to be placed in gender-separated wards according to the gender they identify, rather than their gender. That meant that some sort of nightmare Newspeak was guided with the support of inclusiveness.

The mantra “Transgender women are women and transgender men are men” is inclusive and blessing, and I admire it. But when it comes to medicine, it’s not just true.

It is correct to say that it is “clinically dangerous” for critics to prioritize gender over gender in the clinical setting.

The pandemic provided a good example of this when people born as men, if you did, found that biological men were at high risk for coronavirus.

While I was working in the Covid ward, the panicked NHS quickly removed the politically correct term that was advertising about gender and just asked people about their gender.

The problem is that as a society, we routinely confuse and confuse gender with gender. So let me elaborate on that.

Gender is partly socially constructed, but sex is a biological fact.

Gender is defined by the size of the gamete (or sex cell). Individuals of species that produce small gametes are called males, and species that produce large gametes are called females.

Dr. Max Pemberton, depicted here in

Dr. Max Pemberton, depicted here in “This Morning,” says that people routinely confuse and confuse gender with gender.

In humans, it means either a sperm or an egg.

There is no third or middle gamete. I understand how gender can change and can actually be non-binary (gender identity that is neither male nor female), but gender is immutable and demonstrable. It’s a biological fact.

It is, by scientific definition, dual and cannot be changed by the way someone presents itself, hormones, or even surgery. Otherwise, arguing is basically antiscientific.

I believe the Radiologists Association is right. It is advisable to ask all patients the gender assigned at birth and then the pregnancy status if born as a woman.

This makes sense to me. Just because someone is listed as one gender should not assume that this is actually their biological gender. Therefore, the gender assigned at birth should be recorded along with the identification method.

This means that doctors can screen and check for gender-related medical problems, while respecting and being sensitive to a person’s gender identity.

I don’t think the NHS’s obsession with gender idealism is being driven by patients.

From a medical point of view, all transgender patients I’ve seen over the years are different from being a transgender woman being born as a woman, and being a transgender man being born as a man. I understand that it is different.

They were open about gender identity and we had a respectful discussion of their specific medical needs.

It does not mean that transgender people do not experience prejudice, and often this comes from ignorance.

But from all that I know, the vast majority of NHS staff want everyone to have a good medical service experience and are working hard to make that happen.

I have seen how staff can carefully note notes in their medical files and allow other staff to recognize the patient’s preferred pronouns to avoid mistakes in the patient’s gender.

However, some parts of the NHS hierarchy are rushing to be considered “inclusive” and are controversial for that. Instead, they only succeed in causing further division.

We need a compassionate but robust approach that balances individual hope with biological reality. It seems completely possible and rational to me to know if the person being treated is female or male, while acknowledging and respecting gender identity.

We should celebrate transgender people who they are and don’t waste time trying to convince ourselves that biological facts are being defeated by emotions.


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