Health professionals in England are to be told to ask patients aged 16 or over about their sexual orientation, under new NHS guidelines.
NHS England said no-one would be forced to answer the question, but it seems that they will continue nag
people at each visit until they answer the question. The guidance applies to doctors and nurses, as well as local councils responsible for adult social care.
An NHS spokeswoman said the information would help NHS bodies comply with equality
legislation by consistently collecting personal details of patients such as race, sex and sexual orientation. NHS England recommends health professionals - such as GPs and nurses - ask about a person's sexual orientation at every face to face contact
with the patient, where no record of this data already exists.
It is expected that sexual orientation monitoring will be in place across England by April 2019. Under the guidance, health professionals are to ask patients: Which of the following
options best describes how you think of yourself?. The options are:
Of course the NHS don't mention some of the dangers of reporting sexuality to NHS staff or by having sexuality recorded in a widely used database. There is still a certain community pressure in religious circles that being outed as gay is a very
dangerous proposition indeed. And if muslim terrorists get hold of lists of gay people it could be a matter of life and death. Perhaps in the future some right wing fascist party could get into power. They could print off yellow stars for people directly
from the database.
- heterosexual or straight
- gay or lesbian
- other sexual orientation
- not sure
- not stated
- not known.