All NHS providers must ask patients about their sexual orientation to improve the “deep inequalities” in care for LGBT people, says an MPs’ report.
The Women and Equalities committee says hospitals and care homes should be fined if they don’t collect the data.
LGBT people are often less healthy than the wider population, but receive lower levels of care.
NHS England said all patients received the physical and mental health care they needed.
Since 2017, NHS guidelines have recommended that GPs and nurses ask about a person’s sexual orientation when they see them face to face, but few seem to be doing so, the committee said.
That is why MPs now want it to become mandatory, in line with asking people about their ethnicity.
Without knowing how many LGBT people are