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Health bosses have been accused of ignoring the lessons of the Tavistock Clinic controversy by spending public money to promote the ‘trans alliance’ in the NHS.
The NHS Confederation has announced a £20,000 research contract which will examine ‘available trans inclusion resources’ in the health service and will be used to update guidance on politically correct terminology.
It comes just a month after the NHS was forced to close the transgender clinic in Tavistock. A report revealed he had pressured doctors to take a ‘hard-core affirmative approach’ to gender identity.
The confederation – led by former Labor policy adviser Matthew Taylor – wants ideas on how the NHS should respond to ‘opposition from anti-trans groups and individuals’ in a tender document published on its website.
Critics said the confederation was trying to ‘politicise’ the NHS by forcing doctors and nurses to take a stand on trans issues rather than remaining neutral.
Lobby group Sex Matters has written to Mr Taylor and Victor Adebowale, the confederation president, demanding the ‘partisan’ research be dropped, saying it ‘promotes discrimination’.
The NHS Confederation is partly funded by the taxpayer, through contributions and grants.
The tender announcement says the confederation wants to create “a practical guide for senior healthcare leaders, giving them the knowledge and confidence to model a meaningful trans and non-binary ally.”
The tender document stresses that the NHS must adopt “a more confident stance in defending the harsh weather and continued discrimination suffered by trans and non-binary colleagues”.
It says the report should be “informed by the lived experiences and preferences of trans and non-binary staff” and should cover “inclusive terminology.” The confederation wants the report ready for LGBTQ+ History Month next February.
Its recommendations will be applicable to the 1.5 million people who work for NHS Trusts, primary care providers and voluntary and independent organizations funded by the NHS. The bidding process is led by Chris Truscott, program manager for the NHS Confederation LGBTQ+ Leaders Network, and closes on August 29.
Stephanie Davies-Arai, of campaign group Transgender Trends, said: ‘No NHS-linked group should be spending money in this way.
“The interim report of the Tavistock Clinic case review was very clear about the failures of Tavistock because there was an ideological approach driven by activists. This requires the support of doctors for trans people, but these kinds of actions are not required of any other patient group.
the “trans alliance” because it discriminates against people who may disagree with the so-called gender ideology.
Ms Forstater, who this year won a landmark court case establishing that gender beliefs are protected under the Equality Act, also argues that the use of the term ‘anti-trans’ is itself discriminatory.
She has also written to the Charity Commission, which regulates the NHS Confederation as a charity, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, asking them to demand the withdrawal of the appeal of offers.
The NHS Confederation said in a statement: ‘This tender is in response to requests from our members to help them be better allies to trans and non-binary staff working in the NHS.
“They are looking for advice and guidance that falls within the boundaries of the regulations, and this is part of a range of activities the NHS Confederation is undertaking to address the challenges faced by people with protected characteristics.”