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Meeting the needs of LGBT+ people in health and social care

3 September, 2018
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A Parliamentary inquiry into outcomes in health and social care for LGBT+ people will assess whether provision is adequate, whether discrimination is still occurring, and what more needs to be done to improve access to health and social care.

Existing evidence demonstrates that LGBT+ people have, in general, worse outcomes from healthcare than others members of the population.

A recent survey of over 100,000 LGBT people has raised concerns over access to services, attitudes from staff and other service users and that many do not feel that the services provide for their care needs.

The Government’s findings included:

  • At least 16% of survey respondents had a negative experience of accessing public health services because of their sexual orientation, and 38% because of their gender identity;
  • 72% of LGBT people who had accessed or tried to access mental health services reported that it had not been easy. Fifty one per cent said they had to wait too long, 27% were worried, anxious or embarrassed about going, and 16% said their GP was not supportive;
  • Twenty one per cent of asexual people have had a negative experience of healthcare in the past year, as have 40% of trans people, with over a third saying that accessing sexual health services is “not easy”;
  • Nearly half of bisexual people say they have never been out to anyone in a care setting, and 67% have never disclosed their sexuality to a healthcare professional;
  • Nearly a quarter (23%) say that being out in a care setting has had a negative effect on their care.

Read more about the inquiry.

The Society of Radiographers is working with the TUC to summit a joint union response to this inquiry and can also submit our own response to include the particular experiences of our members.

Equalise, the Society’s equality network, are eager to learn from anyone’s experiences that helps to inform this response.

Peter Higgs, the SCoR Equalities Officer said: “This enquiry provides an opportunity to raise our concerns regarding healthcare provisions for LGBT+ people as essential healthcare professionals to help steer a healthcare towards a more equal system for everyone’s benefit.”

Equalise can be contacted via email at equalise@sor.org

Or Peter can be contacted at peterh@sor.org

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