BMA launches report on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender doctors

A report which describes the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) doctors and medical students working in the NHS has been produced by the British Medical Association (BMA) to tackle discriminations.

Dr Justin Varney, co-chair of the BMA's Equal Opportunities Committee, said: ‘Societal attitudes towards homosexuality have changed over the years. There was a time when homosexuals were imprisoned as criminals and treated with electroshock therapy to ‘cure them of their disease'.

‘Like the UK, the NHS has come a long way in recognising sexual and gender equality since it was founded in 1948. Many of the stories in the report show that LGBT doctors are out and proud at work and this is brilliant news, however, there are still accounts of discrimination which shows we still have a long way to go.

‘The doctors who have spoken out in this report have been incredibly honest and brave and I hope their accounts will inspire other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender doctors to be proud of their contributions to the NHS and to patients.'

London GP Dr Paddy Glackin said: ‘When I was training to become a doctor there was only one ‘out' LGBT GP in the area. Now there are hardly any straight white male GPs. That's what I call progress!'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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