Since late July 2021, Dr Helen Webberley – founder of GenderGP and tireless advocate for transgender healthcare – has been the subject of a hearing with the MPTS, following a four year investigation by the GMC into her work with the trans community. She is accused of failing to provide adequate care, despite never receiving a complaint from a patient. To support their allegations, the GMC has called a series of witnesses and expert witnesses. For the information of everyone following the case at home, we’ve provided bios explaining who these witnesses are and what their roles are in the hearing.
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Professor Gary Butler
Professor Gary Butler is a consultant in Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology at University College London Hospitals and holds an honorary personal chair in Paediatrics at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
He is a witness for the GMC, giving testimony relating to his involvement with Patients A, B, and C. Patient A was Professor Butler’s patient before he was treated by Dr Webberley, and the other cases were brought to Professor Butler’s attention by other professionals who were seeking his input as an endocrinologist.
Dr Roger Walters
Dr Roger Walters is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for the Buxton CAMHS Tier 3 service that is part of the North Derbyshire CAMHS service provided by the Chesterfield Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He has no background or specialist interest in transgender healthcare.
He is a witness for the GMC, giving testimony relating to his involvement with Patient C. After Dr Webberley had stopped working, Patient C came into Dr Walters’ care via a referral to CAMHS. During the hearing Dr Walters testified that he provided Patient C with a bridging prescription for testosterone.
Dr Chang Kow Michael Young
Dr Chang Kow Michael Young is a salaried General Practitioner (GP) at the William Brown Medical Centre (the Practice) in Peterlee.
He is a witness for the GMC, giving testimony relating to his involvement with Patient A. Patient A was referred to Dr Young for treatment by Professor Butler, and was the first patient Dr Young had treated for gender dysphoria.
Professor Peter Christopher Hindmarsh
Professor Hindmarsh is a Paediatric Endocrine Consultant and has been since April 1991. He is also the Clinical Director for Paediatrics at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has no experience or interest in the treatment of gender dysphoria.
Professor Hindmarsh is a witness for the GMC, providing testimony relating to Patient A. The relevance of his testimony to the hearing was disputed by Ian Stern QC, counsel for Dr Webberley, as Professor Hindmarsh was not involved in the treatment of Patient A directly. Rather, the case was brought to his attention by Professor Butler, who is a colleague. As Professor Hindmarsh is not here as an expert witness, simply to provide witness testimony, the relevance of his testimony to the case was challenged.
Dr Justin Walker
Dr Walker is the Senior General Practitioner at the Stewart Medical Centre in Buxton, where has been a GP since 2006. He has no background or interest in transgender healthcare.
Dr Walker is a witness for the GMC, providing testimony in relation to Patient C. Dr Walker is Patient C’s GP, and Dr Walker’s practice was involved in a shared care agreement with Dr Webberley in relation to Patient C.
Dr Dhrushil Patel
Dr Patel is a General Practitioner at Sunny Meed Surgery, where he has been a partner since June 2017. He does not appear to have any specific experience or interest in transgender medicine.
Dr Patel is a witness for the GMC, providing testimony in relation to Patient B. Dr Patel has been Patient B’s GP since September 2017.
Liam Alan Stratton
Mr Stratton is an Inspector for the CQC, specialising in primary care and dentistry.
He is a witness for the GMC, providing testimony in relation to the CQC inspection of Dr Matt Ltd. Dr Matt Ltd was a digital prescription services provider for whom Dr Webberley used to work.
Rhys Gwyn Jones
Mr Jones is Head of Investigation and Regulation at Health Inspectorate Wales.
He is a witness for the GMC, providing testimony in relation to Dr Webberley’s previous interactions with the HIW. She had previously attempted to license her online service with the HIW, who decided to prosecute her for operating an unlicensed service while she was still undergoing the application process.
Dr Richard Harker
Dr Harker has been a lead assessor in general practice for the GMC since 1997, and is currently a partner at Whinfield Surgery in Darlington, as well as clinical quality lead for his CCG.
He is an expert witness for the GMC. He is not providing testimony as to the facts of the case, but contributing his expertise. In his case, his expertise relies on his experience as a forensic medical examiner and previous expert witness relating to the conduct of GPs. He does not appear to have any previous interest in or experience of transgender healthcare.
Dr Liam Taylor
Dr Taylor is the Deputy Medical Director for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. He acts as a Deputy Responsible Officer for the Health Board and oversees the Medical Performers List.
He is a witness for the GMC, and is providing testimony in relation to Dr Webberley’s previous work with online dispensing services. In particular, his testimony relates to the Health Board’s investigation into the provision of care by Dr Webberley via online services, and the specific provision of transgender healthcare in relation to Patient A.
Dr Daniel Klink
Dr Klink is a paediatric endocrinologist working with Genderteam Zuid-Nederlands, a collaborative project providing care to transgender young people in the southern Netherlands.
He is an expert witness for the GMC. He is not providing testimony as to the facts or events of the case, but contributing his expertise as a paediatric endocrinologist in the field of transgender healthcare. His testimony is largely concerned with the proper procedure for the provision of transgender healthcare, and whether a Multidisciplinary Team is necessary.
Dr Rob Agnew
Dr Agnew is a clinical psychologist, who specialises in autism, mental health, and neurorehabilitation. He is also a professional expert witness.
He is an expert witness for the GMC. He is not providing testimony as to the facts or events of the case, but contributing his expertise as a psychologist. His specialisations include autism and personality/psychopathy assessment, but not transgender healthcare.
Dr Allana Kierans
Dr Kierans is a Specialist Clinical Psychologist in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. She worked in the Gender Identity Development Service for Children and Adolescents known as KOI (‘Knowing Our Identity’) until June 2021.
Dr Kierans is an expert witness for the GMC. She is not providing testimony as to the facts or events of the case, but contributing expertise based on her experience working in gender identity services in Northern Ireland. Her expert witness statement is particularly concerned with comparing Dr Webberley’s provision of care with that provided by KOI.
Dr John Dean
Dr John Dean is a former GP and current Clinical Lead for the NHS West of England Gender Identity Clinic at Exeter (also known as The Laurels). He is also the Chair of the NHS Clinical Reference Group for Gender Identity Services.
Dr Dean is an expert witness for the GMC. He is not providing testimony relating to the facts or events of the case, but contributing expertise based on his experience working in gender identity services in the UK. His expert witness statement largely relates to whether Patients A, B, and C were treated adequately based on the standards of care he would expect.