The first ever National Adviser for LGBT Health in the NHS has recently been appointed by the Government.
This appointment comes as 16% of LGBT survey respondents who accessed, or tried to access, healthcare services in the past year (up to October 2017) had a negative experience due to their sexual orientation.
According to the Government announcement the new National Adviser, Dr Michael Brady, will advise on how to tackle inequality in the healthcare system including:
- improving healthcare professionals’ awareness of LGBT issues
- the implementation of sexual orientation monitoring across the NHS
- working with statutory and professional organisations to address LGBT issues in physical and mental health services
In making the announcement, Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt said:
“Dr Brady and the experts on our new Panel will give LGBT people and those working on their behalf a direct route to speak to government and shape policy on decisions that affect their daily lives.
“Everyone should be able to love who they wish to and live their life free from fear and discrimination. That’s why we are working at pace with organisations and across government to make sure our Action Plan can bring about real, lasting change for LGBT people in the UK.”
Read more from the announcement here.