Gender Identity Services: Children and Young People - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:17 pm on 19 April 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Hunt of Bethnal Green Baroness Hunt of Bethnal Green Crossbench 3:17, 19 April 2023

My Lords, I thank the Minister for his thoughtful reply to the Question and his curiosity about this subject area. I think that some issues and data that have just been shared are subject to debate and are not quite as substantial as has been suggested. When might the transition to these new services happen? At the moment, the young people on that waiting list have no knowledge of when they will be transitioning from the Tavistock to another service; there are those who have been waiting for an appointment since 2019, and four years is a very long time when you are a teenager, let alone when you are 43 and a half and a grown-up. We also know that that period is a very confusing time, so could we get some clarity for those young people on when they will be seen, by what service, and how quickly they will be able to get on to the system?