According to ‘The Times Article’ NHS staff in Scotland are being invited to sign a pledge and wear a badge to show support for gay, lesbian, and transgender people. I have no problem at all with NHS staff wearing badges what I do have a problem with is the signing of a pledge. Are you kidding me? What wording is in this pledge and why does the Scottish Health Service and Scottish Government deem this to be necessary? I thought the whole point of the NHS was to treat those who are sick. Since when did the National Health Service get involved in pledges?
Participation in the scheme will be monitored, why? Why monitor those who take part and what will happen to those who do not, of course it has been said that those not taking part will not be monitored, really? It won’t take a genius to work out who has signed the pledge and who hasn’t. Those who are taking part will adorn an enamel, rainbow-themed badge to show their willingness to speak up and challenge intolerance. What are they saying, those who do not take the pledge and wear the badge would not speak up?
Having staff decide to wear a badge is a good thing, however, the sinister side of me wonders why the pledge and why the monitoring. Would it be a case of those who have signed the pledge being promoted over those who have not? The pledge is entirely voluntary according to the Scottish government, but what happens to those who choose not to sign?