Nov 23, 2020
Trans teen in legal action over gender clinic wait
There have been previous reports of trans young people experiencing "Hugely distressing" waits for treatment at the gender-identity development service run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. "Whilst the young people are waiting, puberty passes and transitioning becomes a lot harder - some people are effectively denied treatment." "The NHS needs to make a cultural decision that trans people are real, and they have the same rights to treatment as everybody else." "An NHS England spokesperson said:"There has been more than a 500% rise in the number of children and young people being referred to the Tavistock's gender identity service since 2013 as more people come forward for support and treatment. "The NHS has already asked Dr Hilary Cass to carry out an independent review including how and when children and young people are referred to specialist services, so legal action against the NHS will only cost taxpayers' money and not help the actions already under way."
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