NHS unveils tougher rules on treatment of transgender children, blaming doctors

NHS reveals stricter rules for treating transgender children – including hiring doctors rather than therapists or psychologists

  • NHS stricter rules on treatments for transgender children have been welcomed by activists
  • NHS England has identified a strategy to replace the Gender Identity Development Service
  • Plans call for doctors instead of therapists
  • It also notes that employees should not automatically “admit” a child’s desire to “move”.

NHS plans for stricter rules on treating transgender children have been welcomed by activists – but have been criticized by transgender advocacy groups.

NHS England has outlined its strategy to replace the gender identity development service at the controversial Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London.

Doctors should take responsibility rather than therapists or psychologists.

They also explain that staff should not automatically “confirm” a child’s desire for “social transmission” to the opposite sex, adding that “anti-pubertal medication” can only be prescribed within the framework of the NHS research programme.

NHS England has outlined its strategy to replace the gender identity development service at the controversial Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London.

NHS England has outlined its strategy to replace the gender identity development service at the controversial Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London.

Stephanie Davis-Array of the campaign group Transgender Trend said the moves were “welcome”.

The transnational human rights organization Gendered Intelligence described the approach as “a pathological diagnosis that is completely unnecessary for social change.”

Proposals will be publicly consulted.

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