“Safeguarding Young Trans People; The Real Issues!”
In an article for the Socialist Health Association published in its latest Bulletin Labour Trans Equality criticises those who are failing to acknowledge the scale of the crisis affecting access to appropriate healthcare and support for thousands of young trans people.
The scale and seriousness of the crisis was brought out in stark relief by the Care Quality Commission in its recently published report on GIDS the specialist gender identity service for young people run by the Tavistock & Portman Health Trust when it identified nearly 5000 young people on the waiting list for access to the service
“Many of the young people waiting for or receiving a service were vulnerable and at risk of self-harm. The size of the waiting list meant that staff were unable to proactively manage the risks to patients waiting for a first appointment”.
This is the reality behind the current “debate” about the desirability of providing access to “hormone blockers” to young people below the age of 16 and cross sex hormones for young people from the age of 16.
Suzanna Hopwood of Labour Trans Equality said
“This “debate” about treatment at GIDS frankly misses the point. The number of young people currently being prescribed “hormone blockers” and cross sex hormones at GIDS is very small compared to the thousands at risk who need the service”
“We must focus on the reality rather than be influenced by myth and misinformation about the use of these treatments. Fortunately we understand NHS England is now working on proposals which will require support and engagement from people working with young people locally in primary care many of whom are members and supporters of the Socialist Health Association
We are sure that it will receive a positive response from them”
Note to Editors
Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust Gender Identity Service Inspection Report 20.01.21
The Cass Review
“Review of GID Services for Children & Adolescents”
“What about Parental Consent in the Treatment of Trans Children and Young People”
Nicola Newbigin & Robin Moira White