UK Doctors to quiz patients on sexual orientation under NHS plans

Doctors to quiz patients on sexual orientation under NHS plans

Service users over the age of 16 may be asked to confirm whether they are straight, gay, bisexual or othet

Ryan Hooper

13 hours ago
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nhs-lgbt-gps-doctors-ask-p...

The Independent Online

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Individual NHS trusts will decide whether to opt out of the move PA

Family doctors, nurses and other medical staff will be able to quiz patients on their sexual orientation under new Government plans.

Service users over the age of 16 visiting their local GP or hospital may be asked to confirm whether they are straight, gay, bisexual or other from 2019.

The NHS guidance apparently asks medical professionals to keep a record of the patient's answer during face-to-face conultations.

The health service said the move was to keep in line with equality legislation to ensure those who do not identify as heterosexual are treated fairly.

Individual NHS trusts will decide whether to opt out of the move, and patients will not be forced to answer.

An NHS England spokesman said: "All health bodies and local authorities with responsibility for adult social care are required under the Equality Act to ensure that no patient is discriminated against.

"This information standard is designed to help NHS bodies be compliant with the law by consisting collecting, only where relevant, personal details of patients such as race, sex and sexual orientation.

"They do not have to do it in every area, people do not have to answer the questions and it will have no impact on the care they receive."

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Comment by skip barker on October 21, 2017 at 2:40pm

My answer would be it depends if im having sex with your wife or not.

Comment by Sweettina2 on October 20, 2017 at 4:28pm

Ridiculous.

Comment by Diana on October 15, 2017 at 9:57am

If the authorities are interested in everyone being "treated fairly", wouldn't not asking be a better way to assure equal treatment?

Comment by Less Prone on October 15, 2017 at 9:44am

And if someone identifies himself as an animal, he should consult a veterinarian. But what about those other options of self identification?

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