Care and healthcare

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

Providers of health and social care have a responsibility not to discriminate against anyone, including lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.


A couple is refused fertility treatment because they are lesbians. This is direct discrimination.


A doctor strikes a patient off his list because he comes out as a gay man. This is direct discrimination.

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