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Stonewall statement on NHS monitoring

  • Stonewall responds to NHS monitoring

  • Move brings sexual orientation in line with other protected characteristics

  • NHS Trusts also keen to implement this monitoring

A Stonewall spokesperson said: ‘It’s vital sexual orientation is considered in health assessments. It can help GPs and other staff identify and recognise the unique health issues lesbian, gay and bi people may face.

We have been calling for sexual orientation to be considered as other protected characteristics for over a decade.

We have been calling for sexual orientation to be considered as other protected characteristics for over a decade. This move will also help health services gather evidence on and understand the needs of LGB people.

This is something that NHS Trusts are keen to implement as it will be able to identify gaps in provision and areas for improvement, before targeting services to meet these needs.

Alongside monitoring, we would recommend introducing diversity and inclusion training for all staff and national campaigns run by NHS England to raise awareness of LGBT health inequalities.

We’d also like to see NHS England introduce similar gender identity monitoring for trans and non-binary patients where appropriate.

We’d also like to see NHS England introduce similar gender identity monitoring for trans and non-binary patients where appropriate.

We look forward to working with NHS England on these issues in the future.’