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Report: British Doc Fired for Not Acknowledging Gender Identity

Report: British Doc Fired for Not Acknowledging Gender Identity
(Rex Features/AP)

By    |   Monday, 09 July 2018 06:15 PM

A British doctor reportedly was sacked from his government job for refusing to identify patients by their preferred gender.

Dr. David Mackereth, 55, who has worked for 26 years as an NHS doctor, was told he could not be employed as a Department for Work and Pensions disability assessor if he refused to identify patients as being of a sex they identify themselves as, The Telegraph reported.

The father of four believes sex is genetic and biological and established at birth. He claims his right to freedom of speech has been denied and he was labeled "unfit" to work for the department because of his religious convictions, The Telegraph reported.

"I'm not attacking the transgender movement," he told The Telegraph. "But, I'm defending my right to freedom of speech and freedom of belief.

"I don't believe I should be compelled to use a specific pronoun. I am not setting out to upset anyone. But, if upsetting someone can lead to doctors being sacked then, as a society we have to examine where we are going."

He said the issue came up at a training course in May for the DWP, when his instructor said reports must only refer to the patient by the sex with which that person identified.

"I said that I had a problem with this," he told The Telegraph. "I believe that gender is defined by biology and genetics. And that as a Christian, the Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female. I could have kept my mouth shut. But, it was the right time to raise it."

"If we are no longer allowed to say that you believe sex and gender are the same and are determined at birth, everyone who holds my views can be sacked on the spot," he added. "I'm not an isolated case."

A DWP spokeswoman told the news outlet England's Equality Act states it is unlawful to discriminate directly or indirectly against a person on grounds of a "protected characteristic," such as gender reassignment.

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Refusing to identify patients by their preferred gender, a British doctor, Dr. David Mackereth, 55, was reportedly fired from his government job.
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Monday, 09 July 2018 06:15 PM
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