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08
Sep

NHS criticised for allowing porn for sperm donors


A think tank has criticised NHS hospitals that provide pornographic materials as part of their fertility services. Of the 92 trusts that responded to 2020health.org’s enquiries for its report ‘Who said pornography was acceptable in the workplace?’, which was released today, 33 said that explicit materials were used in their clinics.

 

Director Julia Manning objected on a number of levels including cost, even though the average spend on magazines was found to be £21.32 per trust per year, with a similar amount spent on DVDs. The Royal Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation was singled out for particular criticism after they “frittered £7,350 on a media suite for watching pornographic DVDs”.

 

[quote]This use of taxpayer’s money is a clear violation by NHS staff, especially in times of severe cuts, of the good faith with which money is allocated,” said Manning in the report. “The sums may be small, but the principle is important.[/quote]

 

The report went onto criticise the affect that the practice has on staff, saying: “Seventy seven per cent of the NHS workforce in the UK is female and they should never have to work in an environment that endorses pornography, whether directly or indirectly. That no one allowed the demeaning impact on female staff to override any spurious claim that this material was necessary, is an indictment of the managers of those fertility clinics.”

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