The UK has a serious shortage of doctors. The Royal College of Physicians recently warned patients to start expecting nurses and less qualified medics to begin assuming the role of “doctor” for patients. Yet, Dr. David Mackereth, who has worked in emergency ward for 26-years was fired for refusing to tow the politically correct line of the hard-left.
Dr. David Mackereth’s 26-year medical career hasn’t been jeopardized by endless, grueling, night shifts.
Nor have the life and death decisions he has made on emergency wards for decades put him off his profession.
It was, in the end, his response to an instruction in a nondescript training room that has left his future hanging in the balance.
After being offered a job as a medical assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), David was told to refer to those seeking disability allowance as whatever gender they requested.
So, should a man have walked into his office claiming he was a woman, he would need to be treated as such, and described in any correspondence with the pronoun ‘she’ not ‘he’.
In an age in which the Government and the NHS are subjecting transgender issues to ever greater scrutiny, it was an edict that David had been dreading — and one the 55-year-old was unwilling to obey.
‘As a Christian, I believe gender is determined biologically and genetically,’ he says.
He was also very aware that expressing such a belief would be likely to end his career.
‘I was scared, really frightened,’ he admits. ‘I knew it could be the end of my work as a doctor, but I could not live with myself if I didn’t speak up. It would be dishonest — and I didn’t want to live a lie.’
Sure enough, his contract with the DWP was swiftly terminated on the grounds that his refusal to use the preferred pronouns of people who identify as the opposite gender could be considered harassment as defined by the 2010 Equality Act. Three weeks on, he is in little doubt that his career is over.
‘I can’t get a job with any other Government department — doors will be slammed in my face — and I don’t think the NHS will employ me again,’ he says.
‘I am hurt, but relieved I said what I said because I believe with all my heart that God made us male and female and that I should be allowed to believe this.’
His strong opinions on one of the most divisive subjects of our times are, he insists, not the only issue here. What is also at stake is our right to say what we think without risking our jobs.
‘It is not a question of whether we agree or disagree but whether we are free to say so,’ he says.
‘I’m not out to upset anyone. I care deeply about transgender people. But we must be able to say what we think and defend what we believe in a non-combative way. Otherwise, we will turn into a dictatorial state in which we are all enslaved.’
Only two days ago, the Royal College of Physicians announced that due to a lack of doctors, that nurses and less-qualified medics would be assuming the role of doctor for patients in the UK.
The Royal College of Physicians said an NHS workforce crisis means there are ‘nowhere near enough’ doctors to fill the gaps.
It warned that the days of Sir Lancelot Spratt – the fictional surgeon who always had an entourage of junior doctors in the book, film and TV series Doctor in the House – were over.
Instead, the public must understand that ‘stereotypes’ of traditional doctor and nurse roles no longer exist and should expect different healthcare professionals to treat them. –Daily Mail
So, here’a a great idea…Why don’t they start firing qualified doctors who have worked for 26 years in the field of medicine because their views aren’t consistent with the hard-left?
An unassuming man who relaxes by reading history books and growing tomatoes in his garden in Dudley, West Midlands, David has emerged as an unlikely figurehead for freedom of speech since his ordeal made the news this week.
He fiercely guards his privacy, refusing to divulge any information about his wife and four adult children. He admits he is terrified his unfashionable views may result in him being ‘lynched’.
Perhaps he has good reason to be nervous, given our censorious age in which anyone who dares to deviate from the fashionable consensus that gender is a social construct, not a biological fact, risks being demonized.
Since transgender rights have come to the forefront of public discourse, David says among NHS colleagues a ‘climate of fear’ has emerged regarding new protocols.
Meanwhile, proposed changes to the Government’s Gender Recognition Act would mean people could easily identify as the opposite sex without the need for medical diagnosis. All of which horrifies David, who believes that not only will such measures cause untold psychological harm to patients, but that an already stretched NHS will be pushed to breaking point.
‘There is very little talk between staff these days because none of us knows what the rules are,’ he says. ‘We are trained to inform on another doctor if they are unfit to practice and no one wants to get reported.
‘There is a belief we cannot say what we think in case we get accused of harassment. Nurses coming across patients with male genitalia on female wards have whispered to me that the situation is wrong.
‘Some of my colleagues — senior doctors — are fired up by what happened to me, but what am I supposed to say to them?
‘After all, if they say the same thing as me, will the country start losing much-needed, remarkable surgeons who are no longer considered fit to work because they used the wrong pronoun?’
He believes that once same-sex marriage became legal in 2014, attention was turned to the next gender-related issue.
‘Suddenly, transgender issues became “British values”,’ he says. ‘If you tell a six-year-old boy they could be a girl, of course, they’re going to be confused.’
Does he not believe a small minority of people are simply born into the wrong body? ‘I’d want to speak to them before answering that question — and I would be willing to,’ David says.
He is adamant that transgender people are themselves victims of a darker agenda driven by global forces seeking to obliterate gender differences altogether.
He cites Facebook, which in 2014 introduced 71 gender identification terms ranging from asexual to intersex and polygender.
He also references George Orwell’s 1984 and its uncannily prophetic premise of a totalitarian state and its systematic eradication of words and their meanings.
David believes gender ideology is so dogmatic we are edging ever closer to a similar environment. ‘Once we no longer have gender, we are all the same,’ he says. ‘Ruling powers can control us. It is a way of enslaving us all. –Daily Mail