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?
234 referrals of Irish children to date to the UK's NHS Tavistock and Portman Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) for assessment. Yet Prof Donal O'Shea warns "'The assessments we have seen on children were vague and not fit for purpose but facilitated starting treatment.'"
The NHS removed its claim that puberty blockers are reversible in May of last year. Last month the ICGP produced guidance which claimed they were reversible but rapidly changed that last week. The HSE's claim that they are reversible is still online.
"The issue at the heart of this claim is whether informed consent in the legal sense can be given by such children and young persons." What implications does Keira Bell's win have for the treatment of Irish children who have been referred to the Tavistock?
Who are Irish politicians listening to when deciding the best way forward for trans health care?
A 2014 survey of adults attending a Dublin gender clinic found suspected or confirmed gender dysphoria in nearly three times as many men as women. But last year four times as many girls as boys were referred from here to the UK's Gender Identity Development Services. Why is this?