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Lord Scriven speaks out on PrEP and institutionalised homophobic language in the NHS

September 7, 2016 7:28 AM

Paul ScrivenLibDem peer Paul Scriven has spoken out during a debate on HIV in the House of Lords to highlight the problems caused by the use of homophobic language by NHS doctors in the continuing debate on PrEP. Speaking on Monday night, he said:

"Political leadership is needed because NHS England is taking a particularly aggressive and nasty approach on PrEP and in the arguments for why it cannot be used. A statement by Dr Jonathan Fielden on 2 August, on the day of the judgment-he is the deputy medical director of NHS England and the director of specialised commissioning-was at best unfortunate and at worst showed institutionalised homophobic language by NHS England... He went on to compare it with not being able to afford treatment for children with cystic fibrosis or children who do not have limbs. That is clearly an attempt to put it into the public mind that there are deserving and non-deserving people with regard to specialised commissioning, which is not the kind of approach or language we would expect from our National Health Service."