Thirty-five psychologists have resigned from the children’s gender-identity service in London in the last three years as there has been an exponential increase in referrals for gender dysphoria in the last decade, according to a British television news report.
Sky News reached out to 20 of the 35 psychologists who resigned in the last three years from the National Health Service’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London.
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a clinic where children as young as three come to receive puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormone treatment, which can have life-long effects on children.
The six former NHS psychologists who spoke with Sky News expressed concerns about the over-authorizing of hormone treatment to children with gender dysphoria and felt they couldn’t properly explore underlying psychological factors.
Their resignations come at a time when the number of children referred to GIDS for gender dysphoria has increased from 77 in 2009-2010 to 2,590 last year, according to Sky News’s research.
As a result, the caseload for clinicians at NHS is “three times higher than the average” health service at about 120 to 130 per junior clinician, one psychologist told Sky News.
Additionally, over 3,000 kids are on a waiting list for the GIDS. Kids who have been referred to the clinic will have to wait as long as three years to receive an appointment, according to The Guardian.
“Our fears are that young people are being over-diagnosed and then over-medicalized,” one psychologist told the outlet, asking to remain unnamed.
“We are extremely concerned about the consequences for young people. … For those of us who previously worked in the service, we fear that we have had front row seats to a medical scandal.”
The psychologist explained in an interview published in a short documentary that on one occasion she was working with an NHS executive who decided to refer a young person for hormone-blocking treatment after two appointments.
The psychologist said that the patient had a history of trauma and suffered from “other things happening to them,” such as abuse.
“This was not really explored by the clinician,” she said.
The psychologist said that she didn’t feel she was able to voice her concerns and that when she did, she was “often shut down by other affirmative clinicians.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith