NHS: No to Sexual Orientation Questions

Questions about Sexual Orientation are not Medically Relevant

 

NHS: No to Sexual Orientation Questions

NHS: No to Sexual Orientation Questions

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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.

Please sign this petition urging NHS to stop these proposals ever becoming enacted.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/implementation-guidance-fundamental-standard-for-sexual-orientation-monitoring.pdf

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/14/nhs-staff-quiz-patients-sexual-orientation/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/15/nhs-faces-doctors-rebellion-intrusive-sexual-orientation-question/

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No to Sexual Orientation Questions

To whom it concerns at NHS England,

I strongly object to your directive recommending that medical professionals ask intrusive questions about their patient’s “sexual orientation” in face to face consultations.

This proposal is entirely unnecessary and I would not appreciate being asked such questions in any medical consultation which I might have, and I know many others who would similarly not appreciate this.

The claim that such questions need to be asked in order to comply with the Equality Act 2010 are spurious. Indeed, it is not clear how this can be squared with the Office of National Statistics proposals to remove any “intrusive” questions about a person’s sex on the 2021 census.

NHS England has already admitted that these questions “will have no impact on the care they receive.” So why ask them?

There is nothing in the Equality Act 2010 which specifically requires this.

This move will create distrust between patients and medical professionals, as medical professionals ask questions they have no business asking and will inevitably make many people, both medical professionals and patients, distinctly uncomfortable.

Medical professionals should be asking questions relevant to the health of the patient and should not stray beyond this.

Please stop these unnecessary and intrusive directives before they are introduced.

[Your Name]

No to Sexual Orientation Questions

To whom it concerns at NHS England,

I strongly object to your directive recommending that medical professionals ask intrusive questions about their patient’s “sexual orientation” in face to face consultations.

This proposal is entirely unnecessary and I would not appreciate being asked such questions in any medical consultation which I might have, and I know many others who would similarly not appreciate this.

The claim that such questions need to be asked in order to comply with the Equality Act 2010 are spurious. Indeed, it is not clear how this can be squared with the Office of National Statistics proposals to remove any “intrusive” questions about a person’s sex on the 2021 census.

NHS England has already admitted that these questions “will have no impact on the care they receive.” So why ask them?

There is nothing in the Equality Act 2010 which specifically requires this.

This move will create distrust between patients and medical professionals, as medical professionals ask questions they have no business asking and will inevitably make many people, both medical professionals and patients, distinctly uncomfortable.

Medical professionals should be asking questions relevant to the health of the patient and should not stray beyond this.

Please stop these unnecessary and intrusive directives before they are introduced.

[Your Name]