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Single Sex Hospital Wards have always been Single Gender Wards.
We were lied to from the beginning. Purposefully.

Here's the evidence from NHS documents.…
When the "Abolishing Mixed Sex Wards" Policy was introduced in 2010 by the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, it was heralded with:
"It should be more than an expectation, it should be a requirement that patients who are admitted should be admitted to single-sex accommodation”…
Andrew Lansley said “Patients should not suffer the indignity of being cared for in mixed-sex accommodation."

I agree.
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Thread#3 of the GRA debates of 2003/04.

This time, SPORT.

Funnily enough, although the govt argued that all females were to be rendered legally indistinguishable from MalesWithFemalePersonalities 'for all purposes', they DID decide that sports was a bridge too far.

Moynihan was the Champion of sporting fairness in the GRA debates.

His point? It's one thing to pretend a man is a woman so that he can marry another man. But the pretence that women are no different from men stretched credibility too far, when it came to physical sports.
Moynihan pointed out that Australia had specifically exempted sports from their legislation for this reason. He proposed the same.
"100 compelling arguments why competitive sports should be exempted"

(BTW. Can I mention Hannah Mouncey, pls, Australia? umm)
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Time for another thread of quotes from the GRA debates of 2003/04, I think.

This one about how critical it is to define SEX and GENDER in law and never to conflate the two.

And how the Government repeatedly refused to allow that distinction, despite being asked to.

Tebbit was relentless, tabling amendments to force the distinction:
"... apart from anything else, my concern is to smoke out in some way the Government's view of the distinction between those words or to ascertain whether they believe that there is a distinction between them."
Tebbit: "Is the bill about a change of sex, or a change of gender?"
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Tweets from 2003: The Gender Recognition Bill

I'm going to tweet out a few of the illuminating comments from the debates that led to the GRA 2004, to save you all ploughing through Hansard.
One of the primary motivations (if not the foremost) for the bill was to avoid legalising same sex marriage. This featured VERY heavily in the discussions.
It was, in the Govt's eyes, FAR preferable to convert a same sex couple into a heterosexual couple via 'sex change' than it was to make same sex marriage legal:


Note how it was supposed to be only a 'small number'
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