To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2017 to Question 113610, what plans his Department has to reduce the waiting times for a first appointment from 52 weeks to meet the NHS-wide 18 week referral target; and if he will meet NHS England to discuss its recent consultation on gender identity services for adults.
NHS England held a consultation on specialised gender identity services for adults (those aged 17 and above) which closed on 16 October 2017 and over 800 responses were received.
As a consequence of the significant response NHS England had, an independent third party organisation has been instructed to provide analysis of the responses. The report will be considered by NHS England before making final decisions on future service specifications during spring of 2018.
NHS England is committed to developing a new delivery model for patients accessing gender identity services that will offer high quality care supported by the 18 week referral to treatment standard and in line with the values of the NHS Five Year Forward View.