Gender Dysphoria: Leeds

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12 June 2023.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Labour, Leeds Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time in Leeds is for a specialist appointment following a referral for gender dysphoria.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)

The mean average wait time for a specialist appointment following a referral for gender dysphoria at the Leeds Gender Identity Clinic is 111.1 weeks, and the median average is 65.6 weeks.

The service operates a standard and priority waiting list, both are included in this data. Priority wait is for those people who have had a diagnosis in an NHS England Gender service and are returning to access further treatment, or those who are transferring from another National Health Service gender clinic.

To increase service capacity, NHS England has established four new pilot gender identity clinics since 2020. A fifth will open in Sussex in September 2023. This model will be rolled out nationally if the initial clinics are positively evaluated.

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