Unhealthy Attitudes
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Unhealthy Attitudes

The treatment of LGBT people within health and social care services

The Campaign

YouGov research conducted for Stonewall reveals that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are facing unhealthy attitudes from health and social care professionals.

Health and social care services have a duty to treat people fairly to achieve the best possible health outcomes and support them to reach their full potential in the workplace. However, many LGBT staff and patients are being poorly treated by health and social care services in this country. We believe that a high-quality 21st century health and social care system is one that understands the needs of those who work in it, pay for it and use it.

What's the problem?

“A colleague who is gay made a remark about his partner and another colleague said ‘Oh my god, seriously, are you gay? Gross’. The irony of this was that the remark was made during equality and diversity training.”

“I’ve heard negative comments, referring to individuals as ‘it’ or ‘she males’”

  • 25 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual health and social care staff have been the victims of bullying and abuse in the last five years and 20 per cent of all staff have witnessed negative remarks made about trans people in the workplace.
  • Shockingly, one in ten health and social care staff directly involved in patient care have witnessed colleagues express the belief that someone can be ‘cured’ of being lesbian, gay or bisexual.
  • Given the higher prevalence of mental health conditions amongst LGBT people, as well as limited uptake of public health messages, almost six in ten health and social care staff don’t think sexual orientation is relevant to healthcare.
  • 16 per cent of health and social care staff wouldn’t feel confident challenging colleagues who make negative remarks about LGB people.
  • A quarter of all staff have never received any equality and diversity training.

Download the full report (PDF)


What are we doing?

  • We’re working with over 50 NHS organisations to develop inclusive workplace cultures and provide fair services. But there are many, many more that we aren’t working with.
  • We’re working with medical and nursing schools to make sure that our future health and care professionals are equipped to support LGBT patients.
  • We’re supporting the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy (PDF) to end the practice of ‘cure’ therapy in the UK.