New NHS guidelines state that transgender patients will be allowed to choose whether to be treated on male or female wards, even if they haven't had gender reassignment surgery.
In a document entitled Delivering Same-Sex Accommodation, NHS England says that having 'different genital or breast sex appearance' is not a reason to deny patients a space on the wards, and that they should be accommodated according to how they look, the way they dress and what name they go by.
The document does, however, state that 'pre-operative trans people should not share open shower facilities'.
The guidelines have caused considerable controversy. While transgender rights groups have welcomed the news, critics claim that it compromises the privacy of other patients.
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