'Wake-up call' as UK medics push one in five trans people to conversion therapy

One in 20 British LGBT+ people have been pressured to undergo conversion therapy while getting healthcare, rising to one in five among transgender people, a charity said on Thursday. LGBT+ patients experience "shockingly high level of hostility and unfair treatment", with many avoiding medical care as a result, Stonewall said in a report based on polls of more than 5,000 people. "This is a wake-up call that no... healthcare provider can ignore," Paul Twocock, Stonewall's director of policy, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "People are at a vulnerable moment in their lives when they are physically ill or having mental health issues and they should expect support, not somebody who is undermining their identity." The Department of Health said it was working to address concerns around health and wellbeing for LGBT+ people. "Anyone should be able to access appropriate support and treatment from the NHS as and when they need it, regardless of their sexual orientation, race or gender," a spokeswoman said in written comments, referring to the National Health Service. Conversion therapy, which claims to help gay people become straight and transgender people revert to the gender they...
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