Male nurses face discrimination

Male nurses in the United Kingdom cannot give intimate procedures female patient without a chaperon, yet female nurses can provide such an operation to male patients with no male chaperon present, according to the National Health Service’s policy.

The policy was based on the misandrist assumption that ”all men are sexual predators, untrustworthy, and voyeuristic”, according to this Telegraph article.

Chaperones are routinely offered to female patients when an intimate procedure will be given to them by a male nurse, but not vise-versa (male patients are not offered male chaperones when a female nurse will give them an intimate procedure).

The victim–Andrew Moyhing–sued claiming male nurses are treated like second-class citizens, but his case was denied by the tribunal. He was later backed-up by the Equal Opportunity Commission and managed to successfully alter the court’s decision. Moyhing was awarded £750 in compensation, which he refused as to not divert resources from the NHS.

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One response to “Male nurses face discrimination

  1. I think an important factor is the long history of sexual misconduct by males in the medical world – from Doctors through to orderlies. There is no history of female doctors and nurses behaving in the same manner.
    Also, I was reading recently that roughly 1 in 8 women have been sexually assaulted by age 30 – from inappropriate pinching/touching to rape.
    I suppose apart from modesty/privacy concerns, many female patients may be distressed by a male nurse being assigned to bath her or do something equally intimate, if she has a history of sexual assault.
    You just don’t know what has happened to a woman in her life that might prompt a refusal…
    A family friend at age 16 was shaved before surgery and left traumatized – she didn’t object to the male nurse as she felt overwhelmed by the situation – she’s very shy…
    She now refuses to have medical care, has flashbacks and bouts of depression.
    I think extra care is needed when we’re dealing with the young – silence may not mean consent or agreement.
    Having said that…there are lots of great male nurses who show great sensitivity.
    I read recently that men are now requesting male nurses for urological procedures, so modesty is not only an issue for women.

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