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Now GP wants adoption opt-out

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  1. Well, this is really flushing the crap out of the system isn’t it! Now we have a GP who’s decisions are based upon his religion rather than the clinical need of his patients.Funny how these stories always end with “he told the Telegraph” or “he told the Daily Mail”. Where do these papers find them?!!

  2. David Reid 6 Feb 2007, 11:30am

    “The General Medical Council in the UK warns doctors that they must not permit their personal beliefs to affect the care they provide to patients and that they must treat every patient considerately. The BMA offers similar advice, warning that doctors might be in breach of the human rights legislatin if they seek to discriminate between patients who are entitled to care, on grounds other than asssessment of relative clinical need. Furthermore the world Medical Associations’s declation of Geneva, states: “I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender , nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patients”. (English V, Mussell R, Sheather J and Sommerville A, Ethics Briefings Journal of Medical Ethics 2004; 30; 517-1.This will only damage relations between gay men and lesbians and their GPs. It is important that we are able to talk to our GPs about our sexual orientation, behaviour and relationships when it relates to our health care and wellbeing. We need to feel confident in doing so that we will recieved good care. This doctors behaviour is unacceptable. It highlights the importance of the proposed legislation and the need for GPs to be included within it. I would suggest that he is putting his own prejudices above both the needs of the children and the needs of his gay patients who wish to adopt.

  3. This does not surprise me, doctors have been discriminating against gay men for years, I know because two doctors I had registered with discriminated against me. One stated that he did not want a high risk patient in his Practice, another said I should find another doctor as he couldn’t (wouldn’t) want to treat me when my notes from my previous doctor had been received. Both had Practices in Cheshire. Thankfully, my Civil Partner and I have a Surgery that welcomes us both. But I fear that covert discrimination by doctors is still prevalent, outside of London.

  4. Is is so unreasonable for this doctor to say that his deeply held religious beliefs are an unacceptable conflict of interest if he were to be asked to assess a gay couple as potential adoptive parents? And ask that another doctor be asked to assess them.

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