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Discrimination case win for nurse

26th June 2006

A former male student nurse has won a claim for sexual discrimination against the NHS after arguing he was treated differently from female colleagues.

Andrew Moyhing successfully challenged a policy that only male trainees must be chaperoned when intimate procedures are carried out on female patients.

His initial claim against Barts and London NHS Trust was rejected. But the ruling has been overturned on appeal by the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Mr Moyhing, who was supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), refused to accept an award of £750 compensation because he said he did not want to divert resources from the NHS.

The case arose during Mr Moyhing's training last year when he was told that a female member of staff would have to chaperone him while using an electrocardiogram machine on a female patient.

He complained that female staff were allowed to provide intimate care to male patients with no chaperone present.

Jenny Watson, chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, said sex discrimination was wrong whether it was directed at women or men.
The EOC said its research showed that one in four schoolboys were interested in caring work but only one in ten nurses were male.

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