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Unhealthy Attitudes

The treatment of LGBT people in health and social care organisations in Wales

Unhealthy Attitudes (2015)

Unhealthy Attitudes (2015) presents findings in Wales from a YouGov survey on behalf of Stonewall of health and social care workers on their experiences of issues relating to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people’s care and employment matters.

Key findings

  • One in ten (ten per cent) health and social care workers in Wales directly involved in patient care have witnessed colleagues expressing the belief that someone can be ‘cured’ of being lesbian, gay or bisexual.
  • Three in ten (30 per cent) health and social care staff in Wales have heard their colleagues make negative remarks about lesbian, gay or bisexual people, or use discriminatory language like ‘poof’, ‘dyke’ or ‘queer’, while at work in the last five years.
  • One in five (19 per cent) health and social care staff in Wales have heard their colleagues make negative remarks about people who are trans or use discriminatory language such as ‘tranny’ and ‘she-male’ in the last five years.
  • Almost three in five (57 per cent) health and social care practitioners in Wales with direct responsibility for patient care don’t consider sexual orientation to be relevant to an individual’s health needs.
  • More than a third (36 per cent) of health and social care staff in Wales say their employer has never provided them with any equality and diversity training.
  • Just one in twenty patient-facing staff said they have received training on the health needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people or trans people’s health needs (both four per cent).