British Medical Association: Ex-Gay Therapy Should Not Be Funded By NHS

Jim Burroway

July 2nd, 2010

The British Medical Association, meeting at its annual conference in Brighton, has passed a motion saying that the National Health Service should not fund sexual orientation change therapy and called on the British Department of Health to investigate cases where conversion therapy has been funded with NHS money, and to prevent it happening in future.

In 2009, the journal BMC Psychiatry published a survey of UK psychologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists, and found that 4% of therapists reported that they would attempt to change a client’s sexual orientation if the client asked for it, and that 17%  reported having provided sexual orientation change therapy to least one patient. Of those treated, 40% were part of the NHS even though homosexuality is not listed as a mental illness. Earlier this year, the Independent published the results of an undercover investigation of a therapist who offered ex-gay therapy while allegedly billing the NHS for her services.

Christine

July 2nd, 2010

When will the APAs (both of them) and other professional organizations follow suit?

Neko

July 3rd, 2010

UH… they won’t? The US doesn’t have real national healthcare like Britain does. It’s the insurance companies and individual employers that decide what is and is not covered. If an employer decides they want to pay for an insurance that will cover ex-gay therapy? Then it will be paid for. The end.

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