NHS patients in England will be asked about their sexuality under new guidelines designed to ensure gay people aren’t discriminated against, from 2019. The new guidelines recommend that doctors, nurses, and other health professionals ask about sexual orientation during “every face to face contact with the patient, where no record of this data already exists.”
No patient will be obliged to disclose their sexuality, and the new guidelines will not be mandatory on individual NHS trusts.
An NHS spokesperson commented:
“All health bodies and local authorities with responsibility for adult social care are required under the Equality Act to ensure that no patient is discriminated against.
“This information standard is designed to help NHS bodies be compliant with the law by collecting, only where relevant, personal details of patients such as race, sex and sexual orientation. They do not have to do it in every area, people do not have to answer the questions and it will have no impact on the care they receive.”