Last September a woman requested that a female nurse carry out her smear test. She was “embarrassed and distressed” when the ‘female’ nurse was a person with facial stubble and a deep voice.
By way of assurance in response to her initial objection the nurse told her that...”My gender is not male. I’m a transexual”. She further stated in her complaint that the nurse “had an obviously male appearance.....close cropped hair, a male facial appearance and voice, large number of tattoos and facial stubble”.
The woman decided not to go ahead with the test and she submitted a complaint to the NHS clinic about the matter. The clinic subsequently apologised saying that an clerical error had been made and that “policy is to consider all requests for clinicians of a particular gender”. This statement is a tacit acceptance that the clinic itself does not consider the nurse to have been a ‘real woman’ as so many trans-activists insist that transwomen are.
Should she have been entitled to refuse to be treated by this particular nurse?
Ref Sunday Times, pages 1&2, 31st December 2017.