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Sussex Health and Care Partnership speaks out for trans inclusion

Rachel Badham July 15, 2021

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership (SHCP) has affirmed its commitment to trans and non-binary inclusion in a statement released last week. The SCHP, which oversees 13 Sussex-based organisations in what is known as an integrated care system, said it recognises the impact that “national policy discussions and media attention around the rights and freedoms of trans and non-binary people will be having on our trans community, patients and staff.”

It reiterated that it has a “zero tolerance” approach to transphobia and any other forms of discrimination, and is striving to create more accessible services for trans and non-binary people. Gray Hutchins, service development Manager at Brighton and Hove Clare Project said the organisation is working “alongside local healthcare commissioners to ensure all developments made are informed by the lived experience of our communities.”

They added: “Access to inclusive healthcare is a fundamental stepping stone towards equality in the bigger picture of our experience of everyday discrimination, and we are committed to ensuring Sussex paves the way for much-needed progress.”  SHCP leader Adam Doyle then highlighted the importance of being trans allies, “listening to our trans colleagues and patients and avoiding assumptions”.