Foundation welcomes introduction of the NHS Sexual Orientation Monitoring Standard

Posted on Mon 16 Oct 2017

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The Foundation welcomes introduction of NHS Sexual Orientation Monitoring Standard. This is one of a number of pieces of work being undertaken by the NHS to improve health and social care for groups who experience discrimination, which often leads to poor health and poor outcomes.

Work by the Foundation on the health and wellbeing of black and minority ethnic men who have with men found large health inequalities in mental health, sexual health and substance misuse. They also have poorer experience of care.

  • 37% of black and minority ethnic gay and bisexual men who access health services have had a negative experience related to their sexual orientation.
  • 36% of black and minority ethnic gay and bisexual men are not out to their GP or other health professionals.

Jabeer Butt OBE, Chief Executive of the Race Equality Foundation, said: “Monitoring means the health and care services know more about who their patients are and what they need. It is well-established in race equality that it helps improve services. It is welcome news that the NHS is adopting a framework that enables them to do this given the inequalities faced by LGB people in particular.”

For more information do read this article on the standard on the LGBT Foundation website.