Transgender clinic for kids warn lobby groups & pushy parents are exposing young patients to ‘long-term damage’ (UK)

Daily Mail 17 February 2019
Family First Comment: If you think helping a child change their gender is an appropriate response to gender dysphoria (either genuine or ‘coached’), you have to read this. 
From a UK 🇬🇧 govt clinic that supports transgender young people!

Doctors at an NHS gender identity clinic have warned young patients could be exposed to ‘long-term damage’ due to lobby groups and pushy parents.

The Tavistock Gender Identity Development Clinic in north London has an ‘inability to stand up to pressure’ from campaigners and parents demanding fast-track transitions, doctors have said

The clinic, part of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, is also providing ‘woefully inadequate’ care, with some staff citing ‘very serious ethical concerns’ about their workplace, a recent report said.

The report, made by former staff governor David Bell, said some children ‘take up a trans identity as a solution’ to ‘multiple problems such as historic child abuse in the family, bereavement, homophobia, and a very significant incidence of autism spectrum disorder’.

It also claimed the children may have been ‘coached’ by campaign groups and said the histories of ‘highly disturbed or complex’ patients were not thoroughly investigated, the Sunday Times reported.

The Bell report said many children questioning their identity may have ‘learnt through online resources [or] coaching from from parents or peers exactly what to say in order to get the results they want’.

One staff member said: ‘You suddenly see groups of kids who at initial interview give exactly the version of transition details, reasons, etc. I have overheard them in the corridor, parents coaching children before the interview and chiding them.

‘I feel I have let down a large number of children’.

Governor of NHS trust that runs England’s only gender clinic for children quits amid claims youngsters are being rushed into transitioning
Daily Mail 25 February 2019 
A governor of the NHS trust which runs England’s only gender clinic for children has quit amid claims youngsters are being rushed into transitioning without being given enough guidance.

Marcus Evans, who had worked at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust for more than 30 years, said he has serious concerns about ‘what is going on in the gender identity world’.

His decision to quit followed a damning internal report which claimed that the trust’s Gender Identity Development Service, an NHS service, was ‘not fit for purpose’.

A letter has been signed by 25 other clinicians at the trust who are upset at how the concerns raised in the report have been handled.

The report by Dr David Bell concluded that ‘children’s needs are being met in a woeful, inadequate manner and some will live on with the damaging consequences’.