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Sajid Javid to review gender treatment for children

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is to review what immediate changes can be made to gender treatment services for children in England.

This could include changing the law to let the independent Cass review have access to an NHS database of young people who already received treatment.

It comes ahead of the review's report, due later this year.

This week Mr Javid told MPs services in this area were too affirmative and narrow, and "bordering on ideological".

He is now thought to be planning an overhaul of the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), which is run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, with clinics in London and Leeds.

The trust has defended itself, saying while there is a need for change, doctors already take into account the wider physical and mental health of children who are referred there.

The health secretary has been considering changing the law to allow a review of GIDS being led Dr Hilary Cass, former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, to access a database of children who were treated by GIDS to see if any later regretted having treatments, such as puberty blockers. It is unclear how the process of giving access to the information would work.

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Source: BBC News, 24 April 2022


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