Swansea West MP Geraint Davies has urged the Government to ban ‘gay-to-straight conversion therapy,’ a practice where therapists try to ‘cure’ gay patients of their homosexuality through counselling.
Despite being condemned by every major professional body in the UK, conversion therapy is still being offered to patients, with some even referred to therapy by their GPs.
Geraint Davies MP will be attending Swansea Pride this Saturday to discuss the topic with LGBT leaders from around the Swansea Bay Region.
“There’s obviously no need to offer treatment for something that’s not an illness. Conversion therapy is based on outdated views and dodgy science, and if people are being referred to it by their GPs then it’s a ridiculous waste of NHS time and money,” said Geraint Davies MP.
A report by Professor Michael King of University College London found that a shocking one in six UK psychiatrists has sought to reduce or change a patient's sexual orientation, this despite the fact that ‘there is no sound scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed’ and attempts to do so can be ‘deeply damaging,’ according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
An investigation by The Independent found one psychotherapist who claimed most of her clients were forwarded to her from her local GP.
“I have written to the Health Secretary urging him to investigate this as a matter of urgency and to consider a complete ban on conversion therapy.
“No one should be offering treatments for homosexuality in 2013, and this should certainly not be done at the taxpayers’ expense,” said Geraint Davies MP.