The British government has ordered the National Health Service (NHS) to use the word women instead of woke doublespeak phrases like “people with ovaries.”
After it was revealed that the NHS removed references to women from online health advice pages for female-only cancers, Health Secretary Sajid Javid reportedly intervened to prevent the nation’s socialised healthcare system from adopting so-called gender-free language.
Javid is concerned that the health service is prioritising woke ideology over patient health outcomes, despite warnings that such health advice may confuse those who speak English as a second language.
It was reported earlier this month that the NHS had changed the online landing pages for cervical, ovarian, and womb cancer to remove all references to women.
For example, the ovarian cancer health advice page stated: “Anyone with ovaries can get ovarian cancer.” Women, trans men, non-binary people, and intersex people with ovaries are all included.”
In response to the initial report, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said, “You won’t be surprised to learn that, as the Health Secretary, I believe that your sex matters, that your biological sex is incredibly important to ensure you get the right treatment, the very best treatment.”
When asked if he thought the NHS website should go back to its original format and reinstate references to women, he said, “I am looking into this and you’ll know, look, the NHS, there (are) many different trusts and I want to listen to why someone might have taken a different approach – I don’t just want to assume – but I think I’ve made my views clear on this.”
The use of non-gendered language to attack the concept of womanhood has become increasingly common in the United Kingdom.
In April, it was reported that Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland was instructing midwife students on how to deliver babies through the penises of “birthing persons.”
The Lancet, the country’s leading medical journal, was accused of dehumanising women last year after publishing an article referring to women as “bodies with vaginas.”
“I understand there is some sensitivity around this language,” Javid added, “but we have to use common sense and the right language so that we can give people the best possible patient care.”