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Unhealthy Attitudes

The treatment of LGBT people within health and social care services in Scotland

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The Campaign

YouGov research conducted for Stonewall reveals that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are facing unhealthy attitudes from health and social care professionals in Scotland.

Health and social care services have a duty to treat people fairly to achieve the best possible health outcomes and support them to reach their full potential in the workplace. However, many LGBT staff and patients are being poorly treated by health and social care services in this country. We believe that a high-quality 21st century health and social care system is one that understands the needs of those who work in it, pay for it and use it.

What's the problem?

I was working with a transgender client and my colleague said that 'he-she' should make up their mind

I think things are getting better, but we still have a long way to go. The way I see it, people are people.

  • Nearly one in ten (9 per cent) health and social care workers directly involved in patient care have witnessed colleagues expressing the belief that someone can be ‘cured’ of being lesbian, gay or bisexual.
  • More than one in ten (12 per cent) of health and social care staff in Scotland say their colleagues face discrimination or poorer treatment at work as a result of their sexual orientation 
  • One in five patient-facing staff have heard colleagues make negative remarks about people who are trans, such as ‘tranny’ and ‘she-male’, in the last five years.

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