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A bridge too far at the Gay Pride hospital


JONATHAN Lofthouse is working hard to improve NHS services for the sick and injured. He is Site Chief Executive of the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) in Orpington which has just opened a bridge between two buildings painted with a giant ‘intersex-inclusive flag’.  

Mr Lofthouse said the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, had ‘adorned the exterior of the link bridge with the Pride Flag, a permanent installation celebrating diversity’, adding: ‘We’re celebrating permanently.’ 

Professor Clive Kay, the Trust’s CEO, said: ‘The new bridge is part of our work to make sure patients and visitors have the best experience possible when they visit us. We were also delighted to be able to feature the Intersex-Inclusive flag as part of its design. In the year that the NHS celebrates its 75th anniversary, the flag’s inclusion in the building’s design is a creative and visible way of communicating our commitment as an organisation to equality, diversity and inclusion, which is a vital part of the care we provide.’

This follows the example of a nearby care home in Orpington, where a celebration was held for the residents to mark their first LGBTQAI + Pride event. A rainbow-themed party was organised with two local drag queens – ‘the fabulous duo, Anita Wee and Delilah Tickles’, complete with balloons and Pride flags. All this in a home which provides residential, nursing, respite and dementia care for the elderly. 

The cost of the PRUH adornment has not been released. Meanwhile waiting lists remain, medical staff have been on strike, and many local patients have felt the need, like others throughout the country, to ditch state provision and go private. 

The 100ft walkway took a year to build. The decoration is by intersex campaigner Valentino Vecchietti, who designed the intersex-inclusive flag, one hundred of which are now hanging above Regent Street to mark 50 years of Pride in the UK. 

Vecchietti (pronouns she/they) is a writer, journalist and artist, who founded Intersex Equality Rights UK. Her flag design, which includes a yellow triangle and purple circle to reflect the intersex community (those born with sexual anatomy that does not fit the medical and societal definition of ‘male’ or ‘female’) has been adopted as the official Pride flag. 

The big question is: what has all this to do with taxpayer-funded health provision? This activism has moved way beyond recognising legitimate gay rights, or indeed the community’s health issues,and for many is a ‘celebration’ far too far. For once, Health Secretary Steve Barclay is thinking rationally. Saying it has nothing at all to do with the NHS, he has slammed the installation as a virtue-signalling vanity project. But will he act to stop further examples? His government promises to ‘invest’ an extra £6.6billion in the NHS over the next two years, but how much is to be frittered away in this and other diversity genuflecting? What taxpayers want is their cash being used to cut waiting lists. 

What chance? The NHS is not the only national institution subjecting us to this social washing that has overtaken the corporate and business world. The Pride lobby are fully entrenched in the education sector, even in primary schools, and regularly indulges in what Mr Barclay calls virtue signalling, which in reality is the subversive indoctrination (if not abuse)  of children 

The Pride lobby should have no business taking over public spaces with their explicit in-your-face bullying. The PRUH in Orpington is constantly visited by children and families, the elderly, and patients from many different faiths; for many, perhaps even most, of whom such a display is both inappropriate and offensive.

This could never happen here in Switzerland. Hospitals do not indulge in political statements: their focus is on affording all health care users total choice – of GP, clinic, hospital, surgeon, everything. And as Anheuser-Busch and Target are finding in the US, blatant identification with a very small, and for many a controversial, movement, risks compromising the goodwill and support of their health institution. Patients would just go elsewhere. The consumer has power and the service is good. The very idea of striking shocks medical staff.

Responsible citizens in the UK need to stop letting themselves be bullied and start fighting back. They can take heart from other countries where attempts to foist a Pride agenda in schools has begun to meet push-back. In Windsor, Ontario, schools found that parents were keeping their children away in protest against Pride Month activities. One school reported a 75 per cent absence rate. In Glendale, California, fights were reported between conservative protesters and left-wing demonstrators when LGBT issues were introduced to the curriculum. Even groups who support gay rights contest the idea of indoctrinating young children. 

Ironically, this is the week that the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is putting on display, for the first time in 18 years, the original Arbroath Declaration. This document was written in 1320 by the barons and freeholders of Scotland requesting Pope John XXII to recognise Scotland’s independence and Robert the Bruce as its rightful king. There can be no more powerful statement in defence of freedom: ‘It is in truth not for glory, not riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.’ 

These people were prepared to fight to the death for what they believed in and for their families’ future. When it comes to the crunch, it has to be a fight, to the death if necessary, because this is a battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement. Tragically there is scant evidence of such commitment within the UK right now.

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Janice Davis
Janice Davis
Janice Davis is a grandmother and former girls’ grammar school teacher

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