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. Only £68 BILLION more 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.

The state is negligent in attending to the health needs of men. The issue of healthcare was cover at length (pp.61-65) in our election manifesto.

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, or 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 a 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.

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.



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

  1. I work for the NHS and it seems to me that there is an anti-male, pro LGBT agenda. Almost all those in management levels in my department and for as far as I can see, are either female or LGBT or both.

  2. She has had many miscarriages and hospital treatment in the pass related to her pumping. She absolutely was not making up the rejection of her right to ask for sterilisation. Getting caught out I believe was down to the her not knowing the correct date to renew her hormonal insert and she got no reminder from her doctor. Hormonal contraception is the only option they have offered her. If it fails again, she will be back in the same situation again. This seems to an ideological stand point with her local NHS service staff. Since the guidance is at odds with her treatment I may talk to her about it again.

  3. Thanks for this, but it appears to conflict with the NHS guidance which says she could simply decide on sterilisation. Maybe people persuaded her she couldn’t decide on sterilisation, when in reality she could? Or maybe she presented the situation to friends and family as ‘The hospital would not let her even consider sterilisation and turned her down’ whilst knowing that was nonsense? The NHS website is very clear about the need to continue regular contraception for a time after the operation. As she became pregnant again, you have to suspect she was frustrating contraception. It just doesn’t stack up, otherwise.

  4. Yes this a hang over from the time when marriage in particular was seen as a vital concern for society and “consummation” was important in terms of confirming the contract. It seems the man’s fertility remains of “social” concern to the partnership. Yet for women a prolonged campaign has made it purely a personal concern. Perhaps it should be entirely personal choice for men. That would at least be equitable. Or it could be shared but that would challenge the modern orthodoxy female fertility is entirely a personal choice even post conception. I suspect the most that can be expected is the former in the current climate. Generally I think elective sterilisation should not be tax payer funded for either sex.

  5. My niece had two children and did not want any more with her husband. The hospital would not let her even consider sterilisation and turned her down. This was before she did have a year long separation from her husband, with no one else involved, and they got back together. When she got back with her husband she went on the hormone insert to stop getting pregnant. Guess what. She got pregnant and had another child. She asked for sterilisation again, but again they turned her down. However they said that they were more than happy for her husband to be sterilised despite only her being interested in this.

    The reasoning seems to be if she does split again, she may want another child with a new partner. This is something she had already dismissed herself, especially after having another child due to their refusal to treat her. They do not consider that as a reason for a him, as he should only worry about paying for the children he already has. They will only consider him for sterilisation.

    As proof of a long time bias my father was sterilised, with my mother’s full consent, will no fuss at all. My mother had to have an hysterectomy later anyway.

    So women have the right to have children but men just have a responsibility to pay for them. It would appear the feminists will not actually let my niece decide on her own fertility because they only want the man to do that sacrifice.

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