Gender change data to be scrutinised

Jun 30, 2022 by

by Chris Smyth, The Times:

All children who have been treated for gender dysphoria in the past decade will have their medical records scrutinised in an effort to find out whether NHS services are harming vulnerable adolescents.

Sajid Javid, the health secretary, will today begin the process of changing of changing the law to allow researchers to study data on about 9,000 people to find out if they suffered health problems as a result of their treatment. At present this is prevented by medical confidentiality laws and rules that mean people are given a new NHS number when they legally change their gender.

The change is likely to lead to nervousness among some transgender people — ministers have been accused of using the issue for political gain.

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