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Is the straight white male GP really an endangered species?

This February is, you may or may not already be aware, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month – and to mark the occasion the BMA has published a report which describes the experiences of LGBT doctors and medical students working in the NHS.

By Steve Nowottny

This February is, you may or may not already be aware, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month – and to mark the occasion the BMA has published a report which describes the experiences of LGBT doctors and medical students working in the NHS.

It's important stuff, and the report itself, comprised mainly of a series of profiles of doctors, gives a fascinating perspective of what it's like to be a gay GP in today's health service.

Clearly, there has been a lot of progress – the overwhelming theme that comes through is that, in an often prejudiced world, there are worse places to work than the NHS. And as London GP Dr Jose Gonzalez-Garcia puts it, ‘it has certainly changed in the last five to ten years, for the better.'

But still, we couldn't help wondering at this bold claim from Dr Paddy Glackin, a GP in north London and part-time secretary with Londonwide LMCs, who said that he first came out publicly in the pages of the BMA News Review in 1995.

'When I was training to become a doctor there was only one ‘out' LGBT GP in the area,' he says. 'Now there are hardly any straight white male GPs.'

I've spoken to hundreds of GPs over the two years I've been working on Pulse, and I can honestly say I've never asked any of them about their sexuality. But my gut feeling is that the straight white male GP is not quite on the endangered list just yet.

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