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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:S3-7137

Discrimination against lesbian and gay doctors may perhaps be commoner within the profession than outwith it, at least if a recent paper in the Canadian Medical Association Journal is to be believed (1998;158:593-7). Previous research had shown that as many as one in four doctors would not make a referral to a homosexual doctor: this latest telephone survey of 500 Canadian adults showed that around one in ten would refuse to see a gay or lesbian family physician. Yet the ethical precepts governing doctors' sexual behaviour with patients are quite simple (“don't”) - and not having heterosexual sex and not having homosexual sex surely amount to the same thing?

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