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BMA stages LGBT rights event

Discussions around addressing inequality and improving the experiences of LGBT doctors were among the issues raised at a recent event at the BMA.

The event, which took place at BMA House on 28 February, was organised by the BMA’s London regional council. BMA president elect Professor Dinesh Bhugra was the guest chair of the event.

Held to mark the end of LGBT history month, the evening saw a number of speakers outline and discuss some of the issues around health inequalities among LGBT people.

Stonewall’s head of policy Laura Russell also gave a presentation of her organisation’s Unhealthy Attitudes report, which identified some significant deficiencies in equality training in the health service.

This included the fact that almost three quarters of patient-facing staff in the NHS claimed they had never received training on the health needs of LGBT people, the rights of same-sex partners or LGBT inclusivity.

Meanwhile Association of LGBT Doctors and Dentists (GLADD) chair Christopher Morrison discussed the findings of a recent joint report with BMA into experiences of discrimination reported by LGBT doctors in the NHS.

Also speaking at the event was Public Health England’s national lead for adult health and well-being Justin Varney who presented an overview of LGBT Health Inequalities in England.

Dr Varney also highlighted how terms such as lesbian, gay, and bisexual should not be used in clinical settings to label patients, and outlined the benefits of the sexual orientation information standard which records the sexual orientation of all patients over 16.

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