Transsexuality

Health written question – answered on 21st July 2008.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the provision of (a) transgender procedures and (b) gender reassignment; and what direction he gives to NHS trusts on the matter.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

The Department does not issue directions to primary care trusts (PCTs) on this matter. It is for PCTs to decide on the circumstances in which they will provide gender reassignment procedures, taking into account a patient's individual clinical needs and the resources they have available to provide health care for their wider population.

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