The General Medical Council (GMC) has chosen Pride Month to launch its new guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) patients, detailing what patients can expect from their doctors.
The guidance, written in cooperation with Stonewall UK and LGBT doctors’ organisation GLADD, clearly states that: ‘all patients, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and trans status, should be treated fairly and without discrimination’.
Whilst the GMC already has core guidance for its own members, this new initiative is its first ever attempt at outlining what is expected of doctors in relation to how they must treat their LGBT+ patients.
It states: ‘doctors must not deny you access to appropriate treatment or services because of their personal beliefs. And they must be careful not to express their personal beliefs in a way that is likely to cause you distress’.
Charlie Massey, GMC Chief Executive added: “Doctors have a duty to treat LGBT patients with the same respect and understanding as all their patients. We know most doctors do this, but we also know that LGBT patients can face discrimination and unfair treatment”