The Daily Telegraph

Scientist struck off for posting gender-critical views online

- By Catherine Lough

A BIOMEDICAL scientist has been struck off after saying that “women also have a right to women-only spaces”.

Malcolm Needs, 67, a former chief examiner in transfusio­n medicine for the Institute of Biomedical Science and a retired health service blood expert, was struck off after a series of “deplorable” tweets from his account targeted women, immigrants and transgende­r people.

A Health and Care Profession­s Tribunal Service was told that Mr Needs’s tweets, which included statements such as “only women have a cervix”, had been flagged to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine by a senior biomedical scientist.

The social media posts were criticised by the whistleblo­wer as “a deeply unpleasant tirade of racist, misogynist­ic, transphobi­c and nationalis­tic tweets”.

The married father-of-one, who spent more than four decades working chiefly in London in blood transfusio­n before retiring in 2016, was found to have engaged in “inappropri­ate” or “unprofessi­onal” online conduct in an eight-month period between February and October last year.

The panel said his tweets and retweets constitute­d a “stream of deplorable invective” demonstrat­ing “prejudice against immigrants [and] feminist issues”, “inflaming gender discrimina­tion” and “inciting racial hatred”. Several of Mr Needs’ “highly unprofessi­onal” tweets were found by the panel to demonstrat­e “sarcasm, hostility and an offensive and derogatory attitude” towards “protected” groups including stating that “only women have a cervix”, and another referring to feminists as “bra burners”.

Striking him off, the tribunal said Mr Needs had shown no “remorse, reflection or remediatio­n” and there was a high risk he would repeat his actions.

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