Trans and LGBT+ Healthcare

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 10th June 2021.

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Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

We are committed to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Everyone should be able to access the healthcare that they need when they need it as part of that overall commitment to equality.

As part of the remobilisation of the national health service, we are considering the impact of the pandemic on sexual health services and how we can improve those services further. That includes widening access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, for example. We are also working with NHS Scotland to improve gender identity services, including reducing waiting times. I think that everybody recognises that the waiting times are far too long, and that that causes additional trauma and anxiety.

We will shortly write to the national gender identity clinical network for Scotland to ask it to review and update the gender reassignment protocol.