UK Government Secretly Shuts Down NHS Pride Programme

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02/09/2024

The LGBTQ diversity programme run by England’s National Health Service (NHS) is being shut down, VICE News can reveal. The NHS Rainbow Badge scheme employs a team of people to assess LGBTQ inclusion policies across the health service, as well as providing hundreds of thousands of healthcare staff with Pride flag pin badges to wear at work. Civil servants have told VICE News that UK government officials within the Department of Health and Social Care encouraged NHS bosses to pull the funding of the diversity scheme, as part of a wider pushback against LGBTQ inclusion—and especially trans inclusion programmes.

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