GenderGP stands firmly with The Good Law Project and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and their stance on the Appeal that has been granted in the case of Bell and Mrs A against the Tavistock.
‘The intervention is made on behalf of a small group of NGOs – Stonewall, Endocrine Society, Gendered Intelligence, and Brook – and has the backing of many other organisations in the LGBT, children’s rights, and reproductive rights sectors, alongside international medical bodies.’
We are very concerned about the representations that were made by the Tavistock clinicians and the lack of evidence presented to the court. We offer our support to all parties who wish to understand more about the healthcare needs of trans and non-binary people.
It has been a very alarming time for parents and young people in the UK, and we firmly agree with the Global Professional Associations of Transgender Health that putting barriers in the way of accessing puberty blockers has the potential to cause significant and long-lasting harm to patients.
We understand that the court will require reassurance that young people can achieve the capacity to give consent to puberty blockers without the intervention of the court and we are delighted at the news that the Good Law Project Joint Intervention Application has been approved. We know that their valuable community contribution and medical expertise will provide evidence of the effects of both providing and delaying treatment.
Gender-affirming care must be made available to trans youth and that care must be safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive. GIDS need to satisfy the courts that the care it is providing is in place as well as being fit for purpose.
Going forward, to protect this vital service from future criticism, we make the following recommendations:
- GIDS brings its clinical protocols into line with International Centres of Excellence so that the information provided to the young patients is current and in line with best practice
- NHS clinicians work to International evidence-based guidelines and best practice rather than personal opinion.
- The service provision is extended into secondary and primary care by education and policy formation, to allow a wider range of service providers to be available for this patient group.
- Senior managers take action in implementing the required leadership and governance.
- GIDS collects data on how many young people did not have full understanding to consent and the number of cases in which parents were relied on to assist.
- GIDS presents its data to show the outcome of its interventions both in terms of those whose mental health did improve and those whose didn’t. Understanding that there are other factors to consider such as waiting times and access to gender-affirming hormones which will also impact outcomes.
- GIDS provides updates to the CQC on how it will manage its rating of “unsatisfactory” following the recent inspection.