Britain’s only children’s gender identity clinic to shut down

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7/28/22

Britain’s only dedicated gender identity clinic for transgender children and young people is to close, England’s national health service announced on Thursday, in response to recommendations from an expert review. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has been instructed to shut down its Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), NHS England said, which will be replaced by two regional hub services that are expected to be operational by early 2023. It comes after the review criticised long waiting lists and raised concerns over a lack of consensus about how the health service should assess, diagnose and treat young people seeking gender services. “The GIDS contract will be brought to a managed close once all young people being seen in GIDS or on the waiting list have been safely transferred to the new services,” the Tavistock NHS trust said in a statement.

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