NHS: No to Sexual Orientation Questions
Patients visiting their GPs or hospitals in England for face to face appointments are to be asked about their sexual orientation in new guidelines being issued by the NHS.
People over 16 will be asked: ‘Which of the following best describes how you think of yourself?’ They can say they are ‘straight’, ‘gay or lesbian’, ‘bisexual’ or ‘other’.
The guidance, states: "We recommend that sexual orientation monitoring occurs at every face to face contact with the patient, where no record of this data already exists.
"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.”
"The patient will retain the right not to disclose this information, but this response will become part of the record."
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 implement this recommendation, and patients will not be forced to answer.
NHS England have been clear themselves that this has got nothing to do with patient care at all, but is ostensibly to ensure that they are compliant with the Equality Act 2010. Yet there is nothing in this Act requires anything so specific. Rather, NHS England has made the decision along with the ‘LGBT foundation’ to introduce these questions.
Such questions will erode trust between the medical professional and the patient, as many patients, (particularly those of a certain generation) will be deeply uncomfortable with being asked such intrusive questions.
Furthermore, questions about “sexual orientation” presuppose a certain ideology about the meaning of sex and marriage which many people believe false i.e. many people do not buy into the narrative that we are defined by our sexual attractions, and so would not define themselves as any of the categories listed.
This is yet another example of the state bending to the will of LGBT ideology which is attempting to make the asking of such questions entirely routine and normal rather than intrusive and unnecessary.
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