A Midlands-based Christian doctor who claimed that he was sacked from his role because he refused to call transgender patients by their chosen sex has lost a tribunal.
Dr David Mackereth said that to do so would have gone against his Christian beliefs.
The 56-year-old doctor, who’s from Dudley, had worked for the NHS for 26 years at the time of his sacking.
Dr Mackereth said that he was informed that he couldn’t be employed as a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) disability assessor after he said that he wouldn’t use transgender pronouns.
Speaking to Radio WM, he said: “I think that we have to treat transgender people very, very sensitively. But we also have to act according to the truth.
“I don't believe that a person can change sex. I don't believe that a person can be trapped in the wrong body.
“I do believe that, as a Christian, we have a duty to act according to what is true.”
He continued: “As a Christian, I have to act according to the truth, so what we find here is that we have a problem that we now have two different world views which can't be compatible even in a liberal society, and that's one of the things we are going to court to test - whether or not, as a Christian, I am free to act according to my beliefs, or whether I'm going to be forced either to accept someone else's beliefs and act according to those, which I cannot hold to, or whether as a Christian I'm not fit for employment.
“Certainly if you were disemploy everybody for example in the NHS who holds my views I think there would not an awful lot of people to hold the service together.”
A tribunal panel in Birmingham unanimously concluded that the doctor not only had a ‘lack of belief in transgenderism’ but that his ‘objection’ to it was ‘incompatible with human dignity’.
Responding to the judgment, Dr Mackereth is reported by Metro as saying: “I am not alone in being deeply concerned by this outcome. Staff in the NHS, even those who do not share my Christian convictions, are also disturbed as they see their own freedom of thought and speech being undermined by the judges’ ruling.
“No doctor, or researcher, or philosopher, can demonstrate or prove that a person can change sex.
“Without intellectual and moral integrity, medicine cannot function, and my 30 years as a doctor are now considered irrelevant compared to the risk that someone else might be offended.”
A DWP spokesman said: "We acted to protect claimants from behaviour that would have failed to treat them with dignity, so we welcome this ruling.
"We expect all assessors to approach their work sensitively."
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