LGBT people mistrust services

Nearly three quarters of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people are not confident that health and social care services provide sensitive end of life care for their needs, according to a report.

Hiding Who I Am, by charity Marie Curie, also states that LGBT people often delay accessing care, and are more likely than other people to have unmanaged symptoms and pain at the end of their lives.

The report, which draws on the experiences of LGBT people with terminal illnesses and their partners, is part of Marie Curie-funded research projects by the University of Nottingham and King’s College London.

More than one quarter of older LGBT respondents also said they had experienced discrimination from health or social care professionals.

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