In a survey interviewing medical professionals from 19 member states, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has found that as many as 50% of doctors in some countries consider being gay as an illness. The report, which calls for steps to be taken to stop the classification of homosexuality as a sickness, stated that in countries such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
In one response from a nurse in Romania, she explained that LGBT people were treated as “plague stricken. “We consider that these illnesses are generated by the fact that these people had an unhappy incident during childhood and then they try somehow to respond to this need in a different way than the other people. When [a homosexual] goes for the first time to a medical department then it is for sure that that person is regarded by employees, starting with the bodyguard and ending I don’t know where, as plague-stricken”, if to quote literally.
Michael O’Flaherty, director of the FRA says that the report shows negative attitude of the healthcare workers towards LGBT people and their bad education towards this issue. “FRA’s latest findings reveal how some doctors still wrongly believe that homosexuality is a disease. They underscore the need for the EU and its Member States to empower public officials to act on their duty to deliver high quality service to help end the suffering many LGBT people experience.” he adds.