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In a hopeful sign indicating the return of sanity to the medical profession. Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) will close a controversial gender identity clinic for children after allegations made by former staff and patients.
The Tavistock Centre, which is NHS’ only gender identity clinic for children, will be shuttered after a damning review took place and a long list of accusations by staff and patients were finally acknowledged, according to the Times of London. Those allegations included the reprehensible use of puberty-blocking drugs on children.
The Tavistock clinic has seen a 20-fold increase in referrals in the past decade, leading to “unacceptable” waiting lists. More than 5,000 children were referred there last year, compared with 138 during 2010-11.
The NHS decided to shut down the clinic on the recommendation of Dr. Hilary Cass, who is a pediatrician leading a review of the service. She wrote to health chiefs recommending an overhaul of treatment for trans children.
She claimed that there were “uncertainties about the long-term outcome of medical intervention,” adding that brain development may be “temporarily or permanently disrupted by puberty blockers.”
A London NHS gender clinic that prescribed puberty blockers to young children en mass will be shut down following a damning investigation by health professionals who found the clinic unsafe & reckless.https://t.co/JCjGdl7c9S
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) July 29, 2022
Reports indicate that puberty blockers are dangerous to children and can imperil their fertility. They are used before barbaric surgery to reassign sex organs. Puberty blockers have been administered to children as young as ten during the current frenzy of gender reassignment sweeping the globe.
Other countries such as Sweden have banned their use on children, according to the Daily Mail. The Swedes curtailed the use of blockers among children under 18 last year, with a leading Stockholm pediatrician asserting that they “chemically castrate” children, causing mental health problems.
France has put an end to their use as well. Its top medical academy blamed a social media frenzy for fueling demand among teenagers, particularly girls, for puberty blockers being prescribed by doctors.
The United States, however, is still caught in the grip of what appears to be a form of mass hysteria over gender identity.
Really not surprised at all… I bet they find the same thing if looked clinics doing this in the United States
— P-E-Z (@pez1963) July 29, 2022
The Daily Mail’s investigative journalist Sue Reid has been in the thick of it regarding Britain’s allowing the use of puberty blockers.
“The closure next spring of the NHS’ only gender identity clinic for children is a vital and long overdue step in righting the wrongs of what could perhaps be the biggest medical scandal this century – the routine use of puberty-blocking drugs on children,” she noted.
“Why has Britain taken so long to act? No one knows how many hundreds of children have been harmed in the UK as a result of their use. I first started investigating the Gender Identity Service (GIDS) at London’s Tavistock Clinic four years ago after a tip-off from worried medics who were working there or had done so. What I learned was horrifying,” she charged.
“I was told by former nurse Susan Evans: ‘Children with gender identity problems expect hormone blockers [drugs to stall puberty] to be handed out quickly. They think these drugs will solve all their concerns: such as how they look, a lack of friends, physical changes and typical teenage angst,'” Reid noted.
“She warned: ‘I think the risks of blockers are long-term, including fertility loss. There are worries they interfere with the full development of adolescent brains.’ The NHS’s decision to decommission the Tavistock comes after an independent review into the clinic by Dr. Hillary Cass who said its work was ‘not a safe and viable option’ for youngsters,” she continued.
Reid went on to point out that gender identity issues took precedence over mental health problems, according to the report.
“Consultant psychiatrist Dr. David Bell, who worked at the Tavistock and served as staff governor, wrote a blistering report, saying that GIDS, was ‘not fit for purpose,'” Reid stated.
There should never ever be any clinics like this for children!!
— Pamela Land (@PamelaLand11) July 29, 2022
The doctor claimed that “children’s needs are being met in a woeful, inadequate manner and some will live on with the damaging consequences.”
Reid also mentioned Keira Bell who recounted no longer wanting to be a girl at 16. She was prescribed puberty blockers.
Bell had her breasts removed three years later. She then changed her mind and de-transitioned. Bell now fears that her fertility has been compromised.
After going through her horrific ordeal, Bell appeared in court begging judges to restrict doctors from giving puberty blockers so readily to children.
The Care Quality Commission health watchdog last year rated the child gender clinic ‘inadequate’ and demanded regular updates on the growing waiting list of children waiting to transition.
Good old Tavistock. Always a blight on humanity.
— billy (@timo12121) July 29, 2022
“Sajid Javid, as health secretary, also sounded alarms. He said a fear among medics of being labeled ‘transphobic’ had stopped proper debate, or research, into young trans people’s medical treatments,” Reid reported.
“He announced a law change earlier this month, before his resignation, to allow the inspection of confidential NHS records of trans patients, many of them now adults, who received blockers when they were children or teenagers,” she continued.
Reid went on to highlight the severe consequences of puberty blockers in children.
“In Sweden, a pioneer in child transgender treatments before it recanted, the dangers of these drugs are clear. A teenager called Leo, who received puberty blockers as an 11-year-old at the Karolinska University Hospital’s child gender identity service, has suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of them, along with 12 other children,” Reid stated.
Wait you mean prescribing puberty blockers and cutting off body parts of children is unsafe?
— Blur (@BlairStetler) July 29, 2022
“Their ailments include liver damage, unexplained weight gains of up to two stone, mental health problems and, in Leo’s case, weakened bones seen in people of 70, and a failure to grow as tall as he should,” she commented.
According to the London Times, care of children who request gender transition will now be handed over to children’s hospitals, which the NHS says will offer a more “holistic” approach with “strong links to mental health services.” Those under 16 will be given puberty blockers via the NHS only as part of a clinical trial, allowing data to be accrued on their long-term effects.
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