LGBT+ people’s health ‘seen as less important to NHS’, equalities committee warns

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11/23/2018

The NHS has been accused of treating the health needs of gay, transgender and other LGBT+ people as “less important” than the wider population by the head of parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee. After receiving evidence from more than 60 groups as part of an inquiry into health and social care support for LGBT+ communities, the committee’s chair, Maria Miller MP, said the “NHS is not delivering”. The committee is currently working on a report on the issue, but has published evidence on the “stark” inequalities that exist in access and health outcomes for LGBT+ people. It suggested that lesbian and bisexual women were almost as half as likely to have had cervical cancer screening than their heterosexual counterparts.

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