AN NHS hospital has been displaying a poster that says asking someone’s name could be transphobic.
It calls the basic question “inappropriate” — even though it could be dangerous if staff failed to correctly identify a patient before treatment.
And the advice, which reminds readers to ask for each other’s preferred pronouns, raises further fears of how woke guidance is spreading unchecked.
Titled “7 ways to be a good Trans friend,” it says to “stop asking inappropriate questions”.
It adds: “Questions such as, ‘What is your name?’ and ‘are you really a man or a woman?’ are a no-no.
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“Such questions are rude, intrusive and insensitive.”
The poster was revealed by Policy Exchange think tank.
It said it indicated the spread of gender ideology in the NHS.
It added political staff networks were “blurring boundaries between their own viewpoints and official policy”.
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Researcher Lottie Moore said: “What is shocking is that this activity is rife across the NHS. It should be urgently reviewed.”
The hospital also came under fire for a LGBTQ+ ally scheme banner at the entrance.
It says any employee wearing an ally badge is a safe person to speak to.
Policy Exchange said it implied those without a badge might provide less compassionate care.
It is not known who created the poster, who put it up or whether it was officially signed off.
The hospital suspects a mistake was made and it should have advised not to ask someone’s “real name”.
Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said: “If asking somebody their name is now considered offensive, how are people to introduce themselves without facing an employment tribunal?
“And if the advice meant to say people shouldn’t ask ‘real names’ — well, surely doctors need to access a patient’s medical history?”