Children on waiting list at NHS transgender clinic climbs to 5,500

Mar 20, 2022 by

from Christian Today:

The waiting list for treatment at the only NHS clinic in England to treat gender dysphoria among children and young people has soared during the pandemic.

Figures obtained by the Mail on Sunday reveal that the waiting list at Tavistock and Portman Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) in London grew to 5,500 during the pandemic.

It marks a significant jump from the 4,600 cited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as being on the waiting list in January 2021.

Commenting on possible reasons for the increase, Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of campaign group Transgender Trend said: “Life stopped really, so adolescents at that stage in their lives, where they’re really searching for their identity, turn online.

“They’re bombarded with messages about being trans and that all of their problems and insecurities and anxieties are because they’re trans.”

GIDS has been criticised by gender-critical campaigners who say that children and young people should not be referred for hormone treatment or puberty blockers.

Earlier this month, an interim report into GIDS by Dr Hilary Cass, former President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, concluded that the service was not safe for children and that the level of demand was “unsustainable”.

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