NHS not transgender-friendly enough, says nurse

_91753192_kirstycassThe NHS is failing to meet the needs of transgender adults and children, says a nurse who has first-hand experience both working in a hospital and as a transgender patient.

Kirsty Cass, 53, works at a private hospital in southern England. But in 2012, she was an NHS patient having gender reassignment surgery.

When she woke up from her operation, she remembers a member of staff on the ward referring to her as “he”.


Woman’s Hour at 70: ‘Hooray for being a housewife’

_91624061_housewifeOn 7 October 1946 a male presenter introduced the very first episode of Woman’s Hour.

Created as a time-filler for housewives, its early broadcasts were criticised for being “patronising” and obsessed with the routine of domestic chores.

Three months after the programme’s launch, the first female presenter was at the helm and the show went on to become a Radio 4 staple – the longest-running radio magazine programme in British broadcasting.

From how to cook with whale meat to contraception and “the perfect affair”, the shifting nature of its subjects shines a light on the changing nature of the issues affecting women.  More