Bowing to ‘political pressure’
His comments were shared by Susan Evans, a former Tavistock employee who had been raising concerns since 2004.
She believes the concerns were ignored as the agency succumbed to “political pressure” from trans lobby groups and because the clinic brought in a lot of money and prestige for the NHS trust.
She said she was aware of staff who claimed that children had been referred for puberty blockers after one or two sessions and that she has “deep concern that every child should be medicated”.
Stella O’Malley, a psychotherapist and founder of Genspect, a parent support group that:
concerned about the treatment, said they are “completely against puberty blockers” as children’s normal exploration of their gender identity “should not be medicalized”.
She called on the NHS to immediately discontinue the use of the drugs in cases of gender dysphoria, adding: “We cannot plead ignorance or pretend not to know the jury, the evidence is in and it is clear that there is are many problems. ”
‘A check-off exercise’
It comes after NHS England announced on Thursday that it would follow recommendations in the Cass Review to close Tavistock’s transclinic and move young people to regional centers that will take a more “holistic” approach to treatment and see if other mental illnesses could be identified. explain their gender dysphoria.
A parent, who joined Genspect after her daughter passed away at age 18, which included a double mastectomy, told The Telegraph on Friday that when they went to the Tavistock, the doctors were too quick to confirm.
Her daughter, then 14, said at her first appointment that she wanted puberty blockers, but was told to have four sessions first. She was referred to an adult gender identity clinic, which offers sex hormones and in some cases surgery, when she was 17.
“I felt like the Tavistock was just going through a checkbox exercise, they were asking questions like ‘what toys did you play with as a kid?'” she said. “What does it matter?”