Thread from July 29th 2022

Service which Irish children as young as five have been referred to since 2009 is being shut down early next year over safety concerns. 1/11 @morningireland @rtenews   @NewstalkFM @NTBreakfast @TodaywithClaire @PatKennyNT @RTE_PrimeTime @cormacbourke

UK child gender identity clinic that treated Irish patients to be closed
Review group recommends a more diverse, regional service with ‘strong links to mental health services’

"Legal experts said the trust could now be sued by patients who felt they did not receive the right treatment."      2/11  @OCO_ireland@SarahAMcInerney@rteliveline@RadioBrendanRTE

Tavistock child gender clinic forced to close over safety fears
A controversial NHS clinic that led the way in prescribing puberty blockers to children who questioned their gender is being shut down. The gender identity deve

Over two years ago @shanephelanindo reported that " least three doctors working in the gender area expressed grave concerns over the service provided by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust at Crumlin."   3/11

Doctors in row with HSE over claims children’s transgender care is ‘unsafe’
A number of doctors have claimed a service under which adolescents with gender dysphoria can be given puberty-suppressing hormone blockers is "unsafe" and must be immediately stopped, but their concerns were suppressed.

"Tavistock’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) clinic has been accused of rushing children into life-altering treatment on puberty blockers." 4/11 @rodericogorman@DonnellyStephen@NTMA_IE

Tavistock gender clinic forced to shut over safety fears
The NHS is shutting down its gender identity clinic for children after a review found that it failed vulnerable under-18s.The gender identity service at Tavis

"Six out of ten children referred back to Children’s Health Ireland Hospital at Crumlin receive psychosocial support while 40% receive medical treatment such as puberty blockers." 5/11

Nearly 80 Irish children sent to UK for gender identity assessment in 3 years
Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin say they are currently treating less than 20 patients at their Gender Endocrinology Service

Dr Cass: "As already highlighted in my interim report, the most significant knowledge gaps are in relation to treatment with puberty blockers."  6/11 @MarkHennessy@MarkHilliardIT Interim report – Cass Review

Interim report – Cass Review

In April then UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he believed the system was “failing children” and planned an overhaul of how health service staff deal with under-18s who question their gender identity. (Archived 7/11

Sajid Javid inquiry into gender treatment for children
Vulnerable children are wrongly being given gender hormone treatment by the NHS, Sajid Javid believes, as he prepares to launch an urgent inquiry.The health

However in May @TheSundayIndo reported that the HSE was "also exploring using similar services that are offered in other countries." 8/11

HSE spends €50,000 to send children to gender treatment clinics
The HSE spent €50,000 last year on a scheme for children and young adults to attend controversial gender treatment clinics in the UK.

@WayneOCillAirne's article


"Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) previously said it does not have any concerns about the treatment service provided to Irish children by the Tavistock and Portman clinics, but it did not respond to a request for comment this weekend."  9/11

"The current evidence does not support the use of puberty blockers, hormone treatments, or surgical procedures for children and adolescents," Florida Surgeon General Dr Joseph Lapado 10/11

HSE doubles down instead of querying its treatment of Irish children
With an urgent enquiry announced into gender treatment of children in the UK The Sunday Independent has revealed that the HSE is looking into sending Irish children to “similar services” elsewhere. Should Minister Stephen Donnelly now seek answers as to how Irish children are being treated?

Has @HSELive@roinnslainte yet conducted a review of all Irish children started on puberty blockers?  11/11 @TheCountessIE@radicailin@Irish_WL@WRN_NI

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