6 July 2016
Commenting on Marie Curie’s “Hiding Who I am” report on the LGBT community’s varied and often negative experience of end of life care, Jagtar Dhanda, Head of Inclusion at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“Everybody has a right to high-quality, personalised end of life care regardless of who they are. This report shows that all too often assumptions are made by health and social care staff about a dying person’s sexuality or gender identity. This is completely unacceptable and can make something as sensitive and personal as end of life planning become even more difficult and distressing for people in the LGBT community.
“This report also highlights examples of when end of life care has gone well for LGBT people, but sadly these are only a minority of cases. Variation in the quality of end of life care dying people receive in the UK is a major issue and governments must take the lead in ensuring pockets of good practice are universal.”
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