The NHS is letting down transgender people, report says19 April, 2016
Gender identity and transgender issues are part of the public consciousness now more than ever thanks to greater advocacy and awareness through media and pop culture.
And although awareness and acceptance for transgender people is on the rise, there’s still a stark contrast between the experiences of transgender celebrities and those of trans people in day-to-day life.
A recent parliamentary report has found the NHS is failing behind in its treatment of trans people and its gender identity service, arguing Britain has a long way to go when it comes to providing equal access to services.
The problems manifest in a number of ways; too often GPs lack the understanding to deal with the wide range of physical and mental health issues of transgender patients. Some GPs illegally deny healthcare to trans people because they don’t agree with the choices their patients are making.
The report revealed trans people face significant difficulties trying to access general NHS services. Adults trying to access clinics often face waiting times for first appointments and surgery from two to three years.
The transphobia experienced can have striking results; the report believes around a third of transgender adults, and half of young people, attempt suicide as a result of the hostility and discrimination they face in daily life.
Outlined in the findings are a list of 30 recommendations to help improve services for trans people across a whole range of policy areas. Among them is the call for a reduction in the age limit for obtaining official recognition of a new gender without parental consent and an option to record gender as ‘X’ in a passport.
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