Summary of report content
Healthwatch Southend put together a survey that included questions about experiences of discrimination, negative attitudes and barriers to care. They followed this up with a Focus Group, inviting services users to have their say, with input from two experts in the field of Social Care provision and Maternity Services for the LGBTQIA+ communities. They also asked services providers what progress they have made in addressing these issues and barriers to accessing care.
- Reluctance of patients to disclose sexuality or gender identification
- Several experiences of negative attitudes and discrimination
- Avoidance of seeking out treatment for a wide range of health problems
- Lower levels of patient satisfaction where Pride in Practice not yet embedded