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Inequalities in transgender health

Even after the Equality Act, care for one section of the LGBT community still falls short. By Rebecca Gilroy

It’s been eight years since the Equality Act1 came into force and healthcare inequality for the LGBT community should be a thing of the past. However, while new policies are being introduced to tackle inequality issues faced by some branches of the population, the transgender community continues to be left behind.

As of April 2019, nurses will be required to record the sexual orientation of all patients in face-to-face appointments thanks to a new monitoring mandate. The Sexual Orientation Monitoring policy, however, applies to sexual orientation only and not gender identity, forcing the transgender community to remain without any monitoring of their own.

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