Leaders of the world's largest nursing union have advised members to refrain from used gendered terms such as "mankind" or "manned," urging them instead to use gender-neutral language to "avoid causing unwitting offense."
The Royal College of Nursing, which bills itself as "the world's largest union...for nursing staff," has suggested nurses use terms such as "humankind" and "staffed" to be more inclusive. Caregivers have also been instructed to avoid the term "ladies" and directed instead to use "women."
Other gentilities which nurses should adopt, according to the union: "Alcohol misuser" for "alcoholic," "people with disabilities" for "the disabled," and "older people" for "pensioners."
In a sharp response to the guidelines, Tory MP Philip Davies dismissed the recommendations as "idiotic, politically correct claptrap."