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Anti-male sexism in NHS guidance on male sterilisation, female sterilisation, and abortion

We know the NHS is deeply anti-male, even with respect to recruitment of medical students. 70% of medical students today are women, though female doctors will typically work only half the hours over their careers, compared with their male colleagues. The bottom line? Two women have to be trained as doctors to get the same work output as one man, at twice the cost of training to be picked up by taxpayers – still, no problem there, men pay only 72% of the income taxes that finance this social engineering experiment, which has been so disastrous for NHS patients. Men pay only £68 BILLION more income tax than women every year. And the capacity shortfall is ‘solved’ by the recruitment of many doctors from overseas, many trained in poor countries which can ill afford their departure.

My thanks to David for pointing me towards a remarkable example of anti-male sexism, on a NHS website providing guidance to people considering being sterilised, and women considering having an abortion. His email takes up the remainder of this blog piece:

“Hi Mike,

I was browsing the NHS website recently and thought you might be interested in examples of casual sexism I found. The NHS website guidance on vasectomies is here. In the section ‘Before you decide to have a vasectomy’, we find this:

If you have a partner, discuss it with them before deciding to have a vasectomy. If possible, you should both agree to the procedure, but it is not a legal requirement to get your partner’s permission…

Your doctor will ask about your circumstances and provide information and counselling before agreeing to the procedure…

Your GP does have the right to refuse to carry out the procedure or refuse to refer you for the procedure if they do not believe that it is in your best interests. If this is the case, you may have to pay to have a vasectomy privately.

The guidance on female sterilisation is here. There is no suggestion that a woman should discuss the matter with her partner in advance of deciding to have the operation. But it does offer this:

Your GP will strongly recommend counselling before referring you for sterilisation. Counselling will give you a chance to talk about the operation in detail, and any doubts, worries or questions that you might have…

If you decide to be sterilised, your GP will refer you to a specialist for treatment.

Could it be clearer? GPs can refuse to refer men wanting to be sterilised (at low cost), while they cannot refuse to refer women (at a higher cost). It gets worse. In the guidance about abortion there is no suggestion that a woman considering having the operation should discuss the matter with her partner in advance.

The NHS guidance on vasectomies is that a man considering the operation should discuss the matter with his partner beforehand – an open invitation to the woman to commit paternity fraud by causing a contraceptive method to fail e.g. ‘forgetting’ to take her contraceptive pills – while the guidance on abortion and female sterilisation doesn’t recognise that a woman’s partner could have a legitimate interest in the matter.

The NHS clearly regards women’s bodily autonomy, personal wishes, and privacy, in much higher regard than men’s.

Just another example of the rampant sexism and gynocentrism within our NHS.