England's NHS stops referring patients for "gay cure therapy"

Published: January 20, 2015

MAMBA
Luiz DeBarros
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England’s National Health Service (NHS) has told its staff to stop referring patients for so-called “conversion therapy,” which is intended to change a person’s sexuality.

According to the BBC, conversion therapy is not directly offered through the NHS, but there have been occasions in which GPs, counsellors and psychotherapists have referred clients to people offering these services.

NHS England, along with 14 other organisations, has now signed The Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK, to address the issue.

Noting that several professional bodies have found “there is no good evidence that it works, while there is evidence that it has the potential to cause harm,” the signatories expressed “a shared commitment to protecting the public from the risks of conversion therapy.”

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