LGBTQ ‘equality index’ used by NHS Trust for procurement purposes

It has emerged that a key arm of the UK’s socialised-health system awards healthcare contracts based on scores identified by far-left LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall, and not just on the quality of products or care.

Leaked documents from the Lewisham and Greenwich National Health Service (NHS) Trust in London have revealed contracts, some worth millions of pounds sterling, are being awarded to companies aligned with left-wing sex and gender ideology promoted by controversial Stonewall charity.

A trust whistleblower said The Telegraph: “The upshot of this is that the NHS may accept an offer from a company offering an inferior product or a higher price based on Stonewall membership.

“To put it another way, the NHS is willing to compromise on patient care to promote Stonewall. It is worth noting that these are very large and important multi-million pound deals over many years to attract business.”

The whistleblower, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed hope that disclosure would force the NHS to “put people’s health ahead of virtue signals and political campaigning” again.

“Currently, a publicly funded service is pressuring private companies to give money to an extremist far-left anti-women campaigning group.”

Documents provided to the broadsheet showed the NHS Trust was asking prospective businesses 35 questions from the Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index on “diversity and inclusion policies” despite the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) ending its relationship with the Far – left the charity last year.

The questionnaire contains questions, e.g. B. whether the company has a “transition policy” for transgender employees and whether there are policies prohibiting “discrimination, bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity”.

It also questions whether the company has joined Stonewall’s “Equality Index,” meaning healthcare essentially encourages businesses to sign up with the charity. The whistleblower told the newspaper it’s possible other NHS trusts are using the same questionnaire as it appears to be a standard template.

It has already been shown that Stonewall requires companies not to use gendered words like “mother” in order to meet the standards of their Equality Index.

Last week the NHS itself controversially removed references to “women” on online advice sites for female cancers such as womb and cervical cancer.

In response to criticism of the charity for its increasingly left-wing stance on transgenderism and the nature of womanhood, some departments and ministers have sought to distance themselves from Stonewall.

Earlier this month, one of the charity’s founders said Stonewall had discredited the gay activist movement by taking far-left positions, such as statements that there was no difference between male and female bodies.

A spokesman for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust defended the use of the LGBT questionnaire, saying: “National guidance requires NHS trusts to apply a 10 per cent social value weighting to tenders.

“This includes ecological, economic and social aspects and is one of several aspects that we consider when procuring services.”

The spokesman claimed that while “those specific questions” were not used in two other trusts he supported, he could not confirm whether other offices across London implemented the Stonewall questionnaire.

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