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Conference
2011 National LGBT Conference
Date
8 August 2011
Decision
Carried

Conference notes with concern that there is evidence from UNISON Transgender members that the National Health Service (NHS) is still mismanaging personal data. Despite best efforts to create a single medical record system, there exists independent personal records information held by autonomous systems within the NHS which holds data about transgender persons former or previous gender identity. There is also evidence that Trans women have been sent cervical smear appointments while Trans men have been offered inappropriate prostate and testicular advice.

In today’s complex world of personal data management, ensuring a Trans patients’ personal information from breach and mismanagement is paramount. However, from experience, we are aware NHS Data Protection systems have not been designed with full Trans Equality Impact Assessment.

We call upon the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee to work with our Health Service Sector colleagues to ensure a more comprehensive data management system which properly reflect all changes of individuals who have transitioned.