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Dame Julie Moore: Senior NHS staff are still afraid to be open about their sexuality

Early in her nursing career Julie Moore kept her personal life hidden. Today, she is one of the NHS’s most successful trust chief executives and one of the few who is openly gay. This lack of progress is shocking, she says

Early in her nursing career Julie Moore kept her personal life hidden. Today, she is one of the NHS’s most successful trust chief executives and one of the few who is openly gay. This lack of progress is shocking, she says

My first encounter with anyone who openly called themselves lesbian was when I was a nursing student. I was working on a female medical ward and I arrived on a late shift to receive handover from the ward sister, who explained that a patient had taken an overdose in a suicide attempt.

While the handover wasn’t hostile in any way, the ward sister told me that this woman was a lesbian, so it was no surprise that she wanted to kill herself. An assumption had been made that the patient couldn’t possibly have a normal or happy life because she was

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