Government’s potential U-turn on banning conversion therapy is ‘disgraceful’, says BMA

by BMA media office

Press release from the BMA

Location: England
Last reviewed: 31 March 2022

Responding to reports that Government will abandon its pledge to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’ on the basis of either sexual orientation or gender identity, Dr Latifa Patel, interim chair of the BMA’s representative body, said:
“It is absolutely disgraceful that Government has reportedly abandoned its pledge to ban so-called conversion therapy. Its practice is unethical, harmful, and has been repeatedly discredited as having no scientific basis whatsoever.
“This warped, backward ideology has no place in modern society or healthcare. The BMA has remained firm in its opposition to this barbaric practice, and we implore Government to stick to its promises and introduce a total ban of conversion therapy as soon as possible.”


Notes to editors

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