Reform of Service Provision of Gender Identity Disorders in the NHS sign now

We, the Undersigned recognise an intrinsically unfair, poor, and inadequate level of service in the NHS treatment of persons suffering with Gender Identity Disorder/Gender Dysphoria.

We recognise a serious absence of the provision of care for this condition at a local level for much of the country, resulting on a reliance on Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic as a main treatment centre for a disproportionate area of the UK.

There is an overly obstructive and detrimental (to the patient) rigidity of service offered to patients with this condition, in contravention of the current international Standards of Care for the provision of treatment for people with this condition (HBIGDA 2001), which stress flexibility of approach and treatment. This often causes patients to see the unsatisfactory care that exists as an obstacle to be overcome rather than as assistance with their condition. This is incongruent with the governments aims for "Patient-Centred Care", and yet little seems to be changing, and cannot change while the NHS relies primarily on a single treatment centre (Charing Cross). "Patient Choice" appears to be another government aim which does not and cannot occur in the treatment of this condition should the current situation remain as it is.

We recognise that NHS treatment of this condition is far behind the standards set by many other countries in the western world, while the private sector of the UK offers a far better service. This effectively renders the NHS a rational and effective choice only for those without the means to obtain private treatment, and so creating a 'two-tier system'.

There is a lack of uniformity in the availability of treatment across the UK, in part because this condition is considered to be of 'low-priority' by some trusts/authorities, while the evidence clearly indicates that this condition can lead to depression (as it often does) and has been known to lead to suicide in some cases, such is the level of distress felt by sufferers. It is also apparent that many GPs and even some psychiatrists have little or no understanding of this condition, further restricting the patients access to the treatment they need and are legally entitled to.

We call for immediate and prompt investigation, and realistic assessment of the service provision for this condition, followed by effective and realistic reform to meet the current international Standards of Care and government aims for the NHS as a whole, to include recognition and assessment of the patients distresses, personal circumstances, needs, ability to make rational judgement, and choices, alongside nessecary medical criteria, and not simply ignored as they currently are.

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    I dread money running out and having to go back to Charing Cross.
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    Fallen at the first hurdle. My GP practice has no interest or experience in TG issues. Fobbed off.
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    There are particular problems with NHS provision for GID/GD patients with patchy services, often delayed in provision. Most NHS GICs are very rigid in their approach to treatment. The UK needs more local GICs, offering a more flexible approach to meet the
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