Gender Dysphoria: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered am ar 23 Ionawr 2024.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential impact on transgender people of delays for specialist gender identity services.

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)

No formal assessment has been made, though NHS England is making important steps to address the increasing demand for specialist gender identity services.

NHS England has increased investment in adult services by approximately 130% over the past five years and increased the number of gender dysphoria clinics in England from seven to 12 with the rollout of five new adult gender pilot clinics since July 2020.

For children's services, NHS England set out its plans to improve services in July 2022 in line with recommendations from the Cass Review Interim Report. Two new Southern and Northern hubs led by five National Health Service trusts are set to be mobilised by April 2024. NHS England plans for there to be a total of 7-8 regional providers supported by a larger clinical workforce once the national transformation programme is complete.

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