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Fury over 'sexist' NHS job ad that says 'preferably someone who identifies as a woman'

Charities have accused this job ad from NHS Barts Health Trust as being discriminatory towards men by saying the encourage applications from candidates who identify as female

The NHS has been slammed as sexist after advertising for a senior role in which the candidate preferably ‘identifies as female’.

Barts Health NHS Trust in London is hiring a director of operations that will be paid an annual salary of around £100,000.

Their duties will be to ensure ‘safe, high quality and efficient delivery of the day to day operational management of England’s largest trust. 

A job ad posted on LinkedIn and the NHS recruitment site says: ‘We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates who identify as female.’

The Men and Boys Coalition charity told MailOnline it was ‘discriminatory’, confusing and flew in the face of equality.

Charities have accused this job ad from NHS Barts Health Trust as being discriminatory towards men by saying the encourage applications from candidates who identify as female

Charities have accused this job ad from NHS Barts Health Trust as being discriminatory towards men by saying the encourage applications from candidates who identify as female

NHS Barts Health Trust runs five sites across London, employing over 16,000 staff

NHS Barts Health Trust runs five sites across London, employing over 16,000 staff

MailOnline has uncovered a string of examples of how woke language changes have engulfed NHS communications. Some of these examples have been taken from national NHS communications while others are used by individual hospitals

MailOnline has uncovered a string of examples of how woke language changes have engulfed NHS communications. Some of these examples have been taken from national NHS communications while others are used by individual hospitals 

Victory for common sense as NHS says it WILL include ‘women’ and ‘girls’ in guidance about periods 

NHS-backed guidance on periods will be updated to include the terms ‘women’ and ‘girls’ in a victory for campaigners.

Earlier this month MailOnline exposed how they had been omitted in favour of phrases like ‘people who bleed’ and ‘half of the population’.

The guidance was published on a website called ‘Bloody Brilliant’, which cost taxpayers £84,000 and was set up by the Welsh Government.

The branch of NHS Wales responsible for the advice confirmed to MailOnline the language will be changed to include ‘women’ and ‘girls’.

‘We want Bloody Brilliant to be a resource that is authentic and relevant to our audience and so we have listened carefully to recent feedback on our use of language,’ NHS Wales Health Collaborative said in a statement.

‘Having considered a wide spectrum of views, we will be making some changes to include referring to young women and girls rather than “people who bleed”.’

The statement goes on to say the website will still remain sensitive to the needs of those who menstruate but ‘do not identify as female’.

In a statement the Welsh Government said it will also be taking the recent feedback on board for ongoing consultation on ensuring period dignity in Wales. 

The victory for campaigners comes comes after MailOnline exposed a string of examples of NHS advice being ‘de-sexed’ in favour of gender-neutral language.

Its chief executive, Dan Bell, told MailOnline: ‘This advert is implying in a very clear and unsubtle way that men should not bother to apply, and if they do, they are unlikely anyway to be successful.

‘This is illegal and discriminatory against male applicants as set out in Government Guidance and the Equality Act.’

He added that men who did apply for this role couldn’t be confident they would be treated the same as a female candidate.  

‘As it stands, no one can really have full confidence this is an open, equal and fair recruitment where all applicants have an equal chance which is discriminatory,’ he said.

The job ad – first posted online on August 15 – also says candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds are ‘particularly welcomed’ to apply, because ‘they are underrepresented within Barts Health at a senior management level.’

But Mr Bell said the ad’s preference for female candidates failed to account for the fact men from minority backgrounds are also underrepresented in senior NHS jobs. 

‘It also does not take into account a broader perspective on barriers as BME males who are unrepresented in senior NHS positions and they are unlikely to succeed either if they applied,’ he said.

Phil Mitchell, a professional therapist who works with male victims of sexual abuse and has written extensively about sexism towards men, also criticised the ad.  

‘Why are they “particularly” interested in candidates who identify as female? What’s the reason? It appears that no specific reason has been provided,’ he said.

‘Surely it would make more sense to encourage people to apply for the job based on their experience and abilities rather than their sex.’

He added the wording could deter men from applying. 

‘Some men may believe that their application will be treated less favourably because they do not identify as female,’ he said.

He also pointed out the double-standards of the advert. 

‘I can’t help but wonder how people may have responded to the ad if it had said “… we are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates who identify as male”,’ he said.

‘I am not convinced that focusing on, and including gender in this way is helpful. Maybe we should just let people make their own choices, and choose to apply for jobs that they are naturally interested in.’

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A spokesperson for Barts Health said the ad’s wording was intentional after not attracting enough female candidates with aim of getting more women into senior positions. 

‘This is a repeat advert to broaden the pool of shortlisted candidates for an important role in a hospital leadership team where unfortunately women are currently under-represented,’ they said.  

The spokesperson added the trust was committed to improving diversity in its staff.  

It is the latest woke row to hit the NHS. Earlier this month, this website exposed how NHS-backed guidance on periods had omitted the terms ‘women’ and ‘girls’.

Instead the guidance, published on a website called ‘Bloody Brilliant’, which cost taxpayers £84,000 and was set up by the Welsh Government, used terms like ‘people who bleed’ and ‘half of the population’.

But after the MailOnline’s exposure, the branch of NHS Wales responsible for the advice said the language will be changed to include ‘women’ and ‘girls’.

It follows a string of other MailOnline  revelations of NHS advice being ‘de-sexed’ in favour of gender-neutral language in women’s advice pages for the menopause and female cancers. 

 From ‘chestfeeding’ to ‘human milk’ and ‘birthing PARENTS’: How NHS language is going woke – with women quietly being scrubbed out of ‘inclusive’ advice pages

‘Chestfeeding’ instead of breastfeeding and asking men if they are pregnant before getting a scan are just two ways NHS language has gone woke recently. 

NHS chiefs have repeatedly defended the changes, saying they want to be ‘inclusive, respectful and relevant’.

But health experts have warned de-gendering medical advice could be dangerous as it over-complicates and obscures vital health messaging. 

Here, we detail some of the ways the woke language storm has engulfed the health service.

Period page avoids ‘women’ and ‘girls’, instead uses ‘people who bleed’ 

MailOnline revealed the terms ‘women’ and ‘girls’ had been omitted from NHS backed guidance about periods.

A website funded by the Welsh Government to give advice about menstruation omitted the words ‘women’ and ‘girls’ from its information.

Instead the website, Bloody Brilliant, which cost the taxpayer £84,000, used the terms ‘people who bleed’ and ‘half of the population’. 

Medics and campaigners described the language as ‘infuriating’ and ‘confusing’, warning it would complicate much needed health messaging for vulnerable girls.

The website was set up in 2021 with the aim of ‘breaking the taboo around periods by encouraging conversation on one of the most normal, natural topics’.

MailOnline’s exposure of the issue this month led to the branch of NHS Wales responsible for the advice stating language will now be changed to include ‘women’ and ‘girls’.

Bloody Brilliant, an NHS commissioned website on periods was heavily criticised for refusing to mention 'women' and 'girls', instead referring to 'people who bleed'

Bloody Brilliant, an NHS commissioned website on periods was heavily criticised for refusing to mention ‘women’ and ‘girls’, instead referring to ‘people who bleed’

NHS removes the word ‘women’ from its MENOPAUSE page 

MailOnline revealed the NHS’s online guidance about the menopause had the terms ‘women’ and ‘woman’ removed.

The webpage used to describe the condition as ‘when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally’.

But a new, gender-neutral description made in May, says: ‘Menopause is when your periods stop due to lower hormone levels’.

The old advice also highlighted menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55, but about one in 100 women experience it before 40. 

But none of this information is included in the overview section of the updated webpage.   

In total six mentions of ‘women’ and ‘woman’ have been scrubbed from the page.  

Justifying the change, NHS Digital said they wanted language to be ‘inclusive and respectful’.

Experts warned that de-sexing the menopause page meant women with low English or health literacy could miss out and not read further. 

The NHS has quietly omitted the terms 'women' and 'woman' from its webpage on menopause. Pictured here is the older version of the menopause overview page (May 16) which mentioned women six times

The NHS has quietly omitted the terms ‘women’ and ‘woman’ from its webpage on menopause. Pictured here is the older version of the menopause overview page (May 16) which mentioned women six times 

But the new version omits women from the overview entirely. Experts have warned women could be disadvantaged by de-gendered medical advice confusing health messaging

But the new version omits women from the overview entirely. Experts have warned women could be disadvantaged by de-gendered medical advice confusing health messaging

NHS midwives told that sex is ‘ASSIGNED’ at birth 

Midwives denounced claims they ‘assign’ the sex of children at birth in a row on woke language.

The wording came from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in an ‘inclusivity’ statement.

Their document said: ‘We recognise maternity and gynaecological services will be accessed by women, gender diverse individuals and people whose gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth.’

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But some midwives hit back at the colleges, arguing that they merely ‘observe’ the reality of a baby’s sex at birth — as opposed to deciding it themselves.

Jo Gould, a midwife in Sussex, said she was ‘ashamed’ of her representative body and that the statement was ‘nonsense’ and ‘offensive’.

But the RCM said the phrase ‘sex assigned at birth’ was used correctly arguing it is the UK government’s Office for National Statistics legal terminology for the sex observed at birth and then recorded on the birth certificate.

A statement on inclusivity from the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has provoked outrage from some midwives on social media for using the term 'sex assigned at birth'

A statement on inclusivity from the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has provoked outrage from some midwives on social media for using the term ‘sex assigned at birth’

NHS pregnancy advice refers to ‘chestfeeding’ and refuses to mention breasts

The NHS was criticised over ‘ideological’ new advice for trans parents that failed to mention the word ‘breast’.

A page titled ‘chestfeeding if you’re trans or non-binary’ makes no mention of breasts and refers to breast reduction operations as ‘top surgery’.  

It was also accused of ‘normalising’ a potentially dangerous chest-binding technique.

The guidance also encourages people to keep taking hormone transitioning drugs when they ‘chestfeed’, despite admitting ‘it is unclear what effect this could have on your baby’.

The advice was written a year prior to publication but was only issued online after nearly 12 months of internal NHS wrangling.

It provoked concern among nurses and maternity experts, who said the advice fails to warn people about health risks of such practices to both parents and babies. 

The term chestfeeding is used throughout the page with the term 'breast' omitted. Breastmilk likewise has been replaced with 'milk from the chest'

The term chestfeeding is used throughout the page with the term ‘breast’ omitted. Breastmilk likewise has been replaced with ‘milk from the chest’

The page also says testosterone can pass through breast milk to babies but adds it is 'unclear' what affect passing the hormone on to a baby could have

The page also says testosterone can pass through breast milk to babies but adds it is ‘unclear’ what affect passing the hormone on to a baby could have 

Critics of the page have said it normalises a potentially dangerous 'binding' technique used to make breasts smaller using fabric and which can cause a variety of health problems

Critics of the page have said it normalises a potentially dangerous ‘binding’ technique used to make breasts smaller using fabric and which can cause a variety of health problems

NHS bosses removed term ‘WOMEN’ on ovarian and womb cancer advice pages

Official NHS advice pages about ovarian, womb, vaginal and cervix cancers were found to have quietly scrubbed the word ‘women’ from their webpages earlier this year.

The term was missing from the landing pages of three sections explaining the cancers, which are only found in biological women.

For example, the original version of the ovarian NHS cancer page featured the line: ‘Ovarian cancer, or cancer of the ovaries, is one of the most common types of cancer in women.’

Another line read: ‘Ovarian cancer mainly affects women who have been through the menopause (usually over the age of 50), but it can sometimes affect younger women.’

However, in an update sneaked out in January — these were removed with the page now saying: ‘Anyone with ovaries can get ovarian cancer, but it mostly affects those over 50.’

The changes were made late in 2021 and early 2022 but only came to light in May.

NHS ovarian cancer page as of December 2021, featuring two mentions of women

The new page, updated in January omits the word women

The old version of the NHS ovarian cancer page as of December 30 2021 (left) mentions women specifically twice, whereas the new version (right) omits them 

NHS reinstates the word ‘women’ in its miscarriage advice 

In June, the health service added the word ‘women’ back to its miscarriage page following backlash.

The health service replaced ‘women who know they’re pregnant’ with ‘people who know they are pregnant’.  

Another line on the page was also criticised for saying miscarriage ‘only affects about one in 100 people’ instead of women.

Despite amending one of the sentences to state that having three consecutive miscarriages ‘only affects about one in 100 women’, other pages in the NHS guidance make no mention of women at all. 

A section called ‘aftermath’ refers to ‘people’ seven times but not once to women, including in its sub-paragraph about the emotional impact of a miscarriage.

Another section titled ’causes’ does mention women several times when attributing their age as a factor on their pregnancy, with one in ten expectant women under 30 having a miscarriage compared to five in ten over 45.

NHS Digital has now partially amended the webpage to include the word 'women' once at the end

NHS Digital has now partially amended the webpage to include the word ‘women’ once at the end

NHS-backed guidance states transwomen can breastfeed

Experts warned newborn babies could be harmed by woke NHS-backed guidance stating biologically born men can breastfeed.

Guidance from the La Leche’s charity — linked to on the NHS’s controversial ‘chestfeeding’ advice page — states biological men who swap sex can stimulate milk supply using the Newman-Goldfarb protocol.

But the procedure, which involves taking a powerful drug called domperidone, has been mired in controversy and is effectively banned in the US because of its side effects. 

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NHS bosses only recommend it to women struggling to produce milk in some cases because domperidone carries a risk of giving a baby an irregular heartbeat. 

Experts told MailOnline how scientists have ‘no idea about the implications’, of breastfeeding in men and that the NHS should focus on improving access to breastfeeding rates for women.

An NHS England spokesperson said the link to La Leche’s advice on the chestfeeding guidance page was to an ‘independent, non-profit support site’ and added does not reflect NHS policy.

Hospitals asking men if they are pregnant before scans 

In March, it was revealed that men were being asked if they are or could be pregnant before given radiotherapy by some NHS trusts. 

Male cancer patients, as well as those having X-rays and MRI scans, were asked if they were expecting a baby, because the word ‘female’ was replaced by ‘individuals’ for medical procedures.  

For example, the Walton Centre NHS in Liverpool now asks ‘all patients under the age of 60, regardless of how you may identify your gender’ whether they could be having a baby.

The dangers that radiotherapy, diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine pose to an unborn child mean medics must find out if biologically female patients are pregnant before carrying out the procedures.

But campaigners warned the move could spark the beginning of a ‘clinically dangerous’ move to record only gender, and not sex, on medical records.

Patients and their families have also complained of ‘unnecessary confusion and agitation’ for vulnerable patients.

Student midwives being taught how to help biological MEN give birth

In May this year, it was revealed that midwifery students at Edinburgh Napier University were being taught biological men could get pregnant and trans men could give birth even if they have a penis.

In a coursebook that has since been revised, trainee midwives were given detailed instructions on how to treat a male-to-female trans person during childbirth. 

The book’s introduction stated: ‘You may be caring for a pregnant or birthing person who is transitioning from male to female and may still have external male genitalia.’

Another section with photo demonstrations detailed how to fit a catheter in a person with a penis and scrotum during labour.

The book also included special instructions for people with prostate glands — which are exclusive to biological men — who may feel particular ‘discomfort’.

Several experts criticised the university, describing the woke material as ‘remarkably ignorant about basic biology, sex and anatomy’.

Bosses at the university have now changed the wording to say, ‘people transitioning from female to male’ rather than ‘male to female’, following the uproar.

NHS told to use inclusive birth terms to avoid offending transgender people

NHS services were told to use ‘inclusive’ terms like ‘chestfeeding’ so trans pregnant people aren’t offended by a Government-funded report published in April. 

Produced by charity the LGBT Foundation other suggestions of language change was avoiding terms like ‘vaginal birth’, recommending ‘frontal’ or ‘lower birth’ instead.

The charity also says some trans and non-binary people would benefit from having a private space in hospitals to give birth, so that they are not made uncomfortable by seeing women. 

It detailed the experience of one trans person, who said: ‘I didn’t have to go to a ward full of women after giving birth, I was actually provided with a private room for me and baby which was very helpful and accommodating for me and my gender identity.’ 

The report was based on a survey 121 trans Britons on their experience of pregnancy.

It was commissioned by the Health & Wellbeing Alliance, a partnership between charities and the NHS, which is managed jointly by the Department of Health and Social Care and Office for Health Improvement and Disparities.

NHS hospital tells staff to say ‘birthing parents’ and ‘human milk’ 

In February last year Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust unveiled ‘gender inclusive’ phrases it wanted its staff to use.

These included terms like ‘birthing parents’ and ‘human milk’ rather than ‘mothers’ and ‘breast milk’ to avoid offending transgender people.

The Trust said using ‘gender inclusive’ phrases was part of a drive to stamp out ‘mainstream transphobia’.

Other changes include replacing the use of the word ‘woman’ with the phrase ‘woman or person’, and the term ‘father’ with ‘parent’, ‘co-parent’ or ‘second biological parent’, depending on the circumstances. 

The new terms will be used for documents, protocols and Trust-wide communication.

The move was welcomed by inclusivity campaigners at the time, with the group TransActual tweeted: ‘This is fantastic, well done. Let’s hope many more trusts follow suit. Everybody deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.’ 

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