Gender Recognition: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th December 2020.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust about the steps that Trust is taking to assess whether the treatment provided by the Gender Identity Development Service adequately considers instances where patients present conditions of gender dysphoria which may resolve itself without intervention.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is primarily a psycho-social service that focuses on enabling the young person to choose the path which best suits their needs.

In September 2020, NHS England and NHS Improvement, who commission the service, announced that Dr Hilary Cass will lead an independent review into gender identity services for children and young people.

The review will be wide-ranging in scope looking into several aspects of gender identity services, with a focus on how care can be improved for children and young people including key aspects of care such as how and when they are referred to specialist services, and clinical decisions around how doctors and healthcare professionals support and care for patients with gender dysphoria.

The independent review will present recommendations to NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Quality and Innovation Committee.

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