One of the very worst parts of medicine is that the profession is a constant conduit for social commentary and fashion, leaving the physicians forever in the arena of conflict. Every damn day you go to work, every patient you see, is an opportunity for a fight. It’s exhausting.
So here is a physician, by all appearances an unassuming, regular guy, who has been fired from his contract as a medical evaluator for having a controversial opinion. This longtime British doctor for the National Health Service was to have been hired as a disability assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions. 55 year-old Dr. David Mackereth was let go because of his stated belief that gender is determined at birth.
Yep, this fly in the social justice, rainbow-hued ointment is so bigoted and insensitive as to believe that we are born boys or – not and – girls, and supports his experienced medical observation with his religious faith. In a nation and society famously making a great many allowances for one particular – ahem – religion, Dr. Mackereth is being told “that any report or contact with clients should refer to them in their chosen sex otherwise it ‘could be considered to be harassment as defined by the 2010 Equality Act’.”
Over the weekend I shared a few beers with a buddy from residency who works in a college setting. Already the EMR’s at college are being updated to include idiotic “preferred pronouns”, and the other ze-, zur-, and WTF designations so that everyone can feel comfortable in forcing their doctors into further enabling their public delusions.
But no, I’m not writing here about freedom of religion, or even the ridiculous demands for transgender embrace.
The real point is what happens under government-run health care. “A DWP spokeswoman said the Equality Act states that it is unlawful to discriminate directly or indirectly against a person on grounds of a ‘protected characteristic’, such as gender reassignment.
She added: ‘Dr Mackereth made it clear during his training that he would refuse to use pronouns which did not match his own view of a person’s biological gender.'”
So a qualified, experienced physician is fired for refusing to lie about his own objective clinical observations. Let that sink in, and try to tell me that couldn’t happen here.