Children referred for puberty blockers after just one consultation at Tavistock clinic

Bowing to ‘political pressure’

His comments were echoed by Susan Evans, a former Tavistock employee who raised concerns dating back to 2004.

She believes that concerns were ignored because the service was bowing to “political pressure” from trans lobby groups and because the clinic was bringing in a lot of money and prestige for the NHS trust.

She said that she was aware of staff stating that children had been referred for puberty blockers after one or two sessions and has “deep concerns that any child should be medicalised”.

Stella O’Malley, a psychotherapist and founder of Genspect, a support group for parents who

are concerned about treatment, said that they are “fully against puberty blockers” as children’s normal exploration of their gender identity “should not be medicalised”.

She called on the NHS to immediately halt the use of the drugs in cases of gender dysphoria, adding: “We cannot plead ignorance or pretend that the jury is out, the evidence is in and it is clear that there are a lot of issues.”

‘A tick box exercise’

It comes after NHS England announced on Thursday that it would be following recommendations in the Cass Review to close the Tavistock trans clinic and move young people into regional centres that will take a more “holistic” approach to treatment and look at whether other mental health conditions could explain their gender dysphoria.

One parent, who has joined Genspect after her daughter transitioned including a double mastectomy at 18, on Friday told The Telegraph that when they attended the Tavistock the doctors were too quick to affirm.

Her daughter, then 14, said on her first appointment she wanted puberty blockers but was told that she would have to have four sessions first. She was referred to an adult gender identity clinic, which offers cross sex hormones and in some cases surgery, when she was 17.

“I felt that the Tavistock was just going through a tick box exercise, they asked questions like, ‘what toys did you play with as a child?’” she said. “What difference does that make?”

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