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RCS England statement on transgender patients and single sex wards

19 Oct 2023

RCS England statement on transgender patients and single sex wards

Surgeons make patient-centred decisions every day.  We support surgical teams to continue to do so, in the interests of all patients, irrespective of gender identity, with dignity, privacy, safety and respect at the forefront. 

Patient-centred shared decision-making must take into account the individual patient’s wishes, medical needs and requirements.  Their safety must also be considered.

We understand that a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request of 102 NHS Foundation Trusts revealed that no complaints had been received from any cis-gender female inpatients about transgender patients' presence.

We strongly advocate that any changes to the NHS Constitution must have improving inclusivity at the heart of what the NHS does and for there to be extensive consultation undertaken prior to any changes being made.   

Mr Tim Mitchell, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS England)
Ms Ginny Bowbrick, Chair of the Pride in Surgery Forum (PRiSM)

RCS England The Bulletin article 'How can surgeons help transgender patients and colleagues feel welcome?'
Authors: AA Ashman, R Folkers and P Burns 

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