The BMA’s annual conference has called on the government to protect the rights of trans and non-binary people both in healthcare and in wider society.
Dr Helena McKeown, Chair of the BMA representative body, said:
The BMA supports transgender and nonbinary individualsâ€™ equal rights to live their lives with dignity which includes the right to equal access to healthcare. We oppose discrimination of all kinds and are committed to ensuring universal access to healthcare for all on the basis of clinical need.
While the BMA has numerous policies affirming our support of LGBT individuals, [The agreement to this new policy means] that, for the first time in our history, we now have a BMA-wide policy giving specific attention to the needs of transgender and nonbinary individuals. Receiving any medical treatment can be stressful for patients and so it is important for individuals to receive healthcare in settings they feel comfortable with. This applies to transgender as well as cis individuals.
The BMA hasn’t, however, clarified whether trans women have pelvises.