Zero tolerance for unhealthy attitudes
A major survey has uncovered shocking accounts of homophobia and transphobia in health and social care settings – with staff often targeted by their colleagues
‘Dyke’, ‘poof’ and ‘she-male’ are among the derogatory terms that nurses hear colleagues use about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people, according to a survey of 3,000 health and social care staff published last year.
The YouGov survey, conducted for the charity Stonewall, found discrimination towards LGBT staff from patients, and from staff towards LGBT patients and service users. But it also identified a significant problem between staff. A quarter (26%) of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff who responded to the survey reported being bullied as a result of their sexual orientation. One in six respondents – including doctors, nurses, counsellors, carers and managers – were aware of lesbian, gay and bisexual...
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