An NHS belief is ‘awarding firms vying for multi-million pound healthcare contracts increased marks in its bidding course of in the event that they undertake LGBT charity Stonewall‘s pro-trans ideology’, a whistleblower has claimed.
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Belief marks bidders on a scale of zero to 4 based mostly on their responses to 35 questions on official tender paperwork to offer stoma providers at its hospitals.
The paperwork, for contracts value tens of millions of kilos, embrace 5 questions titled ‘Stonewall UK Office Equality Index’, The Telegraph stories.
They ask about ‘variety and inclusion methods’ backed by Stonewall, which has been mired in controversy over its gender id views, and insistence that individuals ought to be capable of entry single-sex wards based mostly on the gender that they establish as – not their organic intercourse.
The charity has additionally known as for the phrase ‘moms’ to get replaced with the gender-neutral time period ‘father or mother who has given beginning’.
Channel 4, Ofsted and the Division of Well being have all lower ties with Stonewall, whereas greater than 700 nurses and midwives wrote to the Nursing and Midwifery Council to element their issues about its stance on medical points in February.
Stonewall’s office variety scheme has been criticised for creating ‘woke’ work environments that curb free speech amongst workers.
Protesters maintain a banner throughout a rally at Parliament Sq. in October final 12 months calling for public our bodies and personal firms who’re members of Stonewall to come back out of the charity scheme
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Belief’s hospitals embrace Queen Elizabeth Hospital and College Hospital Lewisham (pictured)
Nurses and midwives who signed the petition argued that the NMC’s affiliation with Stonewall impeded their potential to talk out for the rights of feminine sufferers, as they’re professionally obliged.
The primary Stonewall query on the doc, on the interior NHS web site, reads: ‘Are you a member of the Stonewall UK Office Equality Index?’
Bidders can then given a mark of zero for ‘failure to know’ or ‘no confidence that the necessities will probably be delivered’.
Alternatively, the best ranking of 4 might be given the place there’s a ‘excessive diploma of confidence that the potential supplier’s proposal will meet the necessities’.
Stonewall’s questions are additionally given equal weighting to these of crucial medical questions together with coaching, size of hospital keep, affected person satisfaction and danger assessments.
One other of the questions asks: ‘Do you’ve got a coverage that explicitly bans discrimination, bullying and harassment based mostly on sexual orientation or gender id?’
And the others learn ‘Do you monitor incidents of bullying and harassment based mostly on sexual orientation or gender id?… Do you’ve got a transitioning at work coverage?…Do you’ve got a variety and inclusion technique?’
The contract comes beneath the umbrella of the Guys and St Thomas NHS belief procurement group, with the whistleblower elevating issues that it has turn into a normal template that’s in use by NHS trusts throughout London.
The paperwork are to ship stoma providers, specifically a gap made within the abdomen throughout a colostomy or ileostomy process.
The whistleblower mentioned: ‘The end result of that is the NHS would possibly settle for a young from an organization providing an inferior product or the next worth based mostly on Stonewall membership.
‘To place it one other means the NHS is prepared to compromise on affected person care to advertise Stonewall. It’s value mentioning these are very giant and necessary contracts value a number of tens of millions of kilos over a few years for successful firms.
‘I wish to discover a means to attract this to folks’s consideration and hopefully return the NHS to placing folks’s well being forward of advantage signalling and political campaigning.
‘At present a publicly funded service is pressuring personal firms to offer cash to an extremist far left misogynistic marketing campaign group.’
Stonewall’s ‘Range Champions’ programme is a membership scheme for employers that goals to make their office an area the place LGBT+ workers can be at liberty to be themselves.
Organisations pay hundreds of kilos to be a part of the programme, which permits them to make use of Stonewall promotional logos and supplies and achieve entry to coaching to make their office LGBT+ pleasant.
Six NHS our bodies featured in Stonewall’s ‘prime 100 employers’ this 12 months, together with NHS England.
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Belief’s hospitals embrace Queen Elizabeth Hospital and College Hospital Lewisham – in addition to different well being providers within the Lewisham borough.
A spokesperson for Man’s and St Thomas’ NHS Basis Belief mentioned: ‘Underneath nationwide steerage, NHS trusts are required to use 10 per cent social worth weighting for tenders.
‘This consists of environmental, financial and social points and is certainly one of various issues we think about when procuring providers.”
The assertion added: ‘These explicit questions will not be a normal tender framework for 2 different trusts it helps.’