Dr Webberley’s hearing began on the 26th of June 2021. Ahead of the hearing, we reached out to the community for support, and we were overwhelmed by the response. Within just twenty-four hours over three hundred allies, members of the community and healthcare professionals wrote in to show their support – we will be sharing these over the coming days and weeks, with the permission of the authors.
I always felt that Dr Webberley’s treatment was honest, fair and professional. My best interests, mentally and physically were always paramount. I felt I was at last valued and respected as a person, not to be dismissed because of my gender dysphoria.
The hearing is the culmination of a long process that began with Dr Webberley being sanctioned for providing interim healthcare to trans and non-binary people who were staring down the barrel of spiralling NHS wait times. These testimonials are proof that, regardless of the outcome, the work that Dr Webberley began has become an unstoppable force for positive change.
We hope for a fair trial and a positive ruling, but whatever the outcome GenderGP will continue to provide gender-affirming care to a world-class standard. We want all of our service users to know that this hearing does not affect GenderGP’s services in any way, shape, or form. In the event of a positive ruling we hope other healthcare practitioners will feel empowered to stand up for trans and non-binary people in delivering their care.
After having been kicked off one waiting list and being told that the other is several years long, I didn’t know if I could take it anymore. At GenderGP I was never met with “You need to be patient”, I was met with “How can I help you?” And that was enough to make me cry on the spot.
Whatever the outcome we believe the most important thing is for the voices of those impacted to be heard.
Fighting for trans rights can feel like an isolating experience but, in fact, the majority of the British public are in favour of better rights and better treatment for transgender people.
By the time we felt we had to reach out for private help, we already felt we had exhausted every option and were in a state of emotional distress. Thankfully Dr Webberley had plenty of tissues, and was extremely professional. We have never once had any regrets or doubts about seeking her help.
These testimonials show that there are countless people out there who have been helped by Dr Webberley or support her work. They show that trans and non-binary people, and their allies, are no longer willing to have their healthcare denied. We hope that the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service (MPTS) hear these voices, and recognise that – whatever the accepted approach in the UK, this is not about ‘expert’ opinion, this is about the people.