Royal College of GPs started a new scheme to improve the LGBT healthcare

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BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: A doctor holds a stethoscope on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Doctors in the country are demanding higher payments from health insurance companies (Krankenkassen). Over 20 doctors' associations are expected to hold a vote this week over possible strikes and temporary closings of their practices if assurances that a requested additional annual increase of 3.5 billion euros (4,390,475,550 USD) in payments are not provided. The Kassenaerztlichen Bundesvereinigung (KBV), the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, unexpectedly broke off talks with the health insurance companies on Monday. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

The UK’s Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has launched a pioneering scheme teaching doctors how to provide healthcare for patients from the LGBT+ community. LGBT people are often discriminated against in the medical institutions, and that is why they are afraid to apply for healthcare even when they extremely need it. As it often can be a question of life and death, the specialists raise concern about the problem of anti-LGBT+ discrimination in healthcare. Publicly and privately funded health centers, which treat millions of people each year, have been urged by activists to ask the sexual orientation and gender identities of their patients and to raise the LGBT+ awareness among the staff. RCGP, in partnership with the Government Equalities Office, launched the online e-suite which is a first-of-its-kind scheme. Consisting of six learning modules, as well as podcasts and screencasts, the hub is designed so that busy GPs can learn in their own time. Modules range from overviews of health inequalities among the LGBT+ community, how primary care can be made more inclusive, navigating mental health and treating elderly queer patients.

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