PUBERTY BLOCKERS WILL NO LONGER BE PRESCRIBED TO CHILDREN

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PUBERTY BLOCKERS WILL NO LONGER BE PRESCRIBED TO CHILDREN – The Government said it welcomed the ‘landmark decision’

Children will no longer be prescribed puberty blockers at gender identity clinics, NHS England has confirmed.

The Government said it welcomed the ‘landmark decision’, adding it would help ensure care is based on evidence and is in the ‘best interests of the child’.

It follows a public consultation on the issue and an interim policy, and comes after NHS England commissioned an independent review in 2020 of gender identity services for children under 18.

They are, however, still available to be prescribed privately ‘off-label’ by some medics at non-NHS-based gender clinics.

That review, led by Dr Hilary Cass, followed a sharp rise in referrals to the Gender Identity Development Service (Gids) run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which is closing at the end of March.

In 2022, Tavistock gender clinic was sued by 1,000 families.

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