NHS trust 'believes all girls who don't like pink must be transgender'

NHS’s only gender service for children believes all girls who don’t like ‘pink ribbons and dolliesmust be transgender, whistleblower claims

  • Dr David Bell said the NHS Trust thinks girls who don’t like dolls are transgender
  • He warned the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust had ‘misunderstood’ kinders
  • Dr Bell worked as a consultant psychiatrist at the trust at Swiss Cottage, Londen
  • He has branded trust’s Gender Identity Development Service ‘not fit for purpose
  • Die NHS‘s only gender service for children believes all girls who do not like ‘pink ribbons and dolliesmust be transgender, a whistleblower has claimed.

    Dr David Bell, a consultant psychiatrist who worked at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs the UK’s only gender identity development service for children, has said the department had a ‘rigid, binary construction of gender’.

    And that the service’s ‘only acceptable explanationfor children who are ‘unwilling or unable to conform to gender stereotypesis that they are transgender.

    He also slammed the service’s work for putting youngsters on the path to lifelong medical treatment, speaking at a conference organised by Genspect, a support group for gender-questioning children and young people.

    Dr Bell’s comments come after he resigned from the trust earlier this year, nearly three years after his damning 2019 internal report which claimed that the trust’s Gender Identity Development Service, was ‘not fit for purpose’.

    Op daardie stadium, he concluded that ‘children’s needs are being met in a woeful, inadequate manner and some will live on with the damaging consequences’.

    Tavistock whistleblower Dr David Bell (op die foto) has warned NHS services have decided the 'only acceptable explanation' for girls who 'don't like pink ribbons and dollies' is that they must be transgender

    Tavistock whistleblower Dr David Bell (op die foto) has warned NHS services have decided the ‘only acceptable explanationfor girls who ‘don’t like pink ribbons and dolliesis that they must be transgender

    Dr Bell described the service’s work as a ‘gateway to puberty blockers’, adding that around 98 per cent of teens who received the treatment later took cross-sex hormones.

    He summarised the service’s ‘construction of genderas ‘if you don’t like pink ribbons and dollies you are not really a girland claimed the centre is pushing drugs and even surgery on children as ‘a form of conversion therapy’.

    He said most youngsters would go on to be gay of lesbian with ‘proper’ behandeling, sonder om uit te brei, die Telegraaf berig.

    In die 2019 verslag doen, Dr Bell wrote that the service was not fully considering factors in a child’s background, such as previous abuse or autism, which might influence their decision to transition.

    The report found some children were referred for puberty-blocking hormones after just one session.

    Dr Bell, is a consultant psychiatrist who worked at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs the UK's only gender identity development service for children

    Dr Bell, is a consultant psychiatrist who worked at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs the UK’s only gender identity development service for children

    What are puberty blockers and how can children transition gender?

    If a child is under 18 and may have gender dysphoria, they’ll usually be referred to the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

    GIDS has 2 main clinics in London and Leeds.

    The team will carry out a detailed assessment, usually over 3 aan 6 appointments over a period of several months.

    Young people with lasting signs of gender dysphoria may be referred to a hormone specialist (consultant endocrinologist) to see if they can take hormone blockers as they reach puberty.

    These hormone, or ‘puberty’ blokkeerders (gonadotrophin-releasing hormone analogues) pause the physical changes of puberty, such as breast development or facial hair.

    Little is known about the long-term side effects of hormone or puberty blockers in children with gender dysphoria.

    Although the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) advises this is a physically reversible treatment if stopped, it is not known what the psychological effects may be.

    It’s also not known whether hormone blockers affect the development of the teenage brain or children’s bones. Side effects may also include hot flushes, fatigue and mood alterations.

    From the age of 16, teenagers who’ve been on hormone blockers for at least 12 months may be given cross-sex hormones, also known as gender-affirming hormones.

    These hormones cause some irreversible changes, such as breast development and breaking or deepening of the voice.

    Long-term cross-sex hormone treatment may cause temporary or even permanent infertility.

    Bron: NHS

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    The clinic in Swiss Cottage, noordwes-Londen, also allegedly bowed to pressure from ‘highly politicised’ campaigners despite some children ‘taking up a trans identity as a solution to problems such as historic child abuse in the family, bedroefdheid… homophobia and a very significant incidence of autism spectrum disorder’.

    Cases which raised concerns included a girl who felt ‘guilty’ when her brother died suddenly, so she attempted to give her parents ‘their son back’ by changing gender.

    Some parents also sought transition for their children because they were gay.

    The report resulted in the resignation of the trust’s governor Marcus Evans, who had worked there for more than 30 jare.

    Evans at the time said he had serious concerns about ‘what is going on in the gender identity world’.

    In Oktober, the government announced a six-week consultation, which will close on December 10, on how to legislate against the practice of trying to change someone’s sexual preferences through counselling.

    Adults who try to persuade children to change gender identity will be breaking the law under new legislation. It will also further outlaw gay conversion therapy, which is already covered under other offences.

    It came after Keira Bell, 24, took legal action against the Tavistock and Portman Trust, arguing that children cannot properly consent to taking hormone drugs.

    The legal challenge was also brought by Mrs A, the mother of a 15-year-old autistic girl who is currently on the waiting list for treatment.

    In Desember verlede jaar, the High Court had said it was ‘highly unlikelythat a child under 13 would be able to consent to the treatment, and that it was ‘doubtfulthat a child of 14 of 15 would understand the consequences.

    Though Ms Bell declared the ruling a victory for ‘common sense’, campaigners from Stonewall and Mermaids called the judgment an ‘absolutely devastating blow for trans young people across the country’.

    In a surprise judgment last month, appeal judges found doctors should use their clinical judgment rather than needing a court’s approval to provide treatmentoverruling the High Court’s assessment on the issue.

    Writing on CrowdJustice earlier this month, Ms Bell announced that she is now seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

    She said she was ‘obviously disappointed with the ruling of the Court and especially that it did not grapple with the significant risk of harm that children are exposed to by being given powerful experimental drugs

    Keira Bell seen here arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice in June 2021. She is a 24-year-old woman who began taking puberty blockers when she was 16 before later 'detransitioning'

    Keira Bell seen here arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice in June 2021. She is a 24-year-old woman who began taking puberty blockers when she was 16 before later ‘detransitioning

    Miss Bell took testosterone, which left her with a deep voice and possibly infertile, and had a double mastectomy - but later realised she had 'gone down the wrong path'.

    Keira is pictured here as a man. Sy het haar naam en geslag op haar rybewys en geboortesertifikaat verander, haarself Quincy noem (na die musikant Quincy Jones)

    Miss Bell (op die foto links, and right as a man), took testosterone, which left her with a deep voice and possibly infertile, and had a double mastectomybut later realised she had ‘gone down the wrong path’. Reg, Sy het haar naam en geslag op haar rybewys en geboortesertifikaat verander, haarself Quincy noem (na die musikant Quincy Jones)

    Waarom het die NHS my toegelaat om van seks te verander? Keira Bell vertel haar verhaal in die hoop dat dit 'sal dien as 'n waarskuwing vir ander’

    Die IT-ingenieur Miss Bell word in Januarie buite die Royal Courts of Justice in Londen afgebeeld

    Die IT-ingenieur Miss Bell word in Januarie buite die Royal Courts of Justice in Londen afgebeeld

    In 'n onderhoud vroeër vanjaar, Keira het aan Daily Mail vertel wat met haar gebeur het, ten einde haar benoudheid uit te lig en, sy sê, dien as waarskuwing vir ander.

    Keira is in Hertfordshire grootgemaak, met twee jonger susters, deur haar enkelma, soos haar ouers geskei het. Haar pa, wat in die VSA gedien het. militêr in Brittanje en het hom sedertdien hier gevestig, het 'n paar kilometer daarvandaan gewoon.

    Sy was altyd 'n tomboy, sy het gese. Sy het nie daarvan gehou om rompe te dra nie, en kan nog steeds twee geleenthede helder onthou toe sy deur haar gesin gedwing is om in 'n rok uit te gaan.

    Sy het aan Daily Mail gesê: 'By 14, My ma het my 'n vraag gevra, oor ek so 'n tomboy is. Sy het my gevra of ek 'n lesbiër is, so ek het nee gesê. Sy het my gevra of ek 'n seun wil wees en ek het nee gesê, ook.’

    Maar die vraag het Keira laat dink dat sy moontlik die transseksuele naam was, en vandag staan ​​bekend as transgender.

    ‘Die idee was vir my walglik,’ vertel sy my. ‘Om seks te wil verander, is nie verheerlik soos nou nie. Dit was nog relatief onbekend. Tog het die idee in my gedagtes vasgeval en dit het nie verdwyn nie.’

    Keira se pad na die indringende behandeling wat sy blameer vir die verwoesting van haar lewe, begin nadat sy aanhoudend op skool begin speel het. 'N Vreemde een, sy het aangedring op 'n broek - die meeste vroulike leerlinge daar het rompe gekies - en selde vriende van beide geslagte gehad.

    Toe sy voortdurend geweier het om by die klas op te daag as gevolg van afknouery, sy is na 'n terapeut verwys.

    Sy vertel hom van haar gedagtes dat sy 'n seun wil word.

    Binnekort, sy is verwys na haar plaaslike dokter wat, op sy beurt, haar na die kinder- en adolessente geestesgesondheidsdiens gestuur (CAMHS) naby haar huis. Van daar af, vanweë haar oortuiging dat sy in die verkeerde liggaam gebore is, sy is op die Tavistock behandel

    Keira het puberteit betree en haar tydperke het begin. 'Die Tavistock het my hormoonblokkers gegee om my vroulike ontwikkeling te stop. Dit was soos om 'n kraan toe te draai,’ sy sê.

    'Ek het simptome gehad soos die menopouse wanneer die hormone van 'n vrou daal. Ek het warm gloede gehad, Ek het dit moeilik gevind om te slaap, my seksdrang verdwyn. Ek het kalsiumtablette gekry omdat my bene verswak het.’

    Keira beweer dat sy nie deur die Tavistock-terapeute gewaarsku is oor die vreeslike simptome wat voorlê nie.

    Haar borste, wat sy gebind het met 'n lap wat sy van 'n transgender-webwerf gekoop het, het nie onmiddellik verdwyn nie. ‘Ek was in nêrens land nie,’ sy sê.

    Tog is sy terug na die Tavistock, waar toetse uitgevoer is om te sien of sy gereed is vir die volgende fase van haar behandeling na byna 'n jaar op blokkers.

    'N Paar maande later, sy sien die eerste krullerige hare op haar ken groei. Uiteindelik gebeur daar iets. Keira was bly.

    Sy is na die Gender Identity Clinic in Wes-Londen verwys, wat volwassenes wat van plan is om seks te verander, behandel.

    Nadat ek twee 'opinies gekry het’ van kundiges daar, sy is na 'n hospitaal in Brighton gestuur, Oos-Sussex, vir 'n dubbele mastektomie, bejaardes 20.

    Teen hierdie tyd, sy het 'n vol baard gehad, haar seksdrang teruggekeer, en haar stem was diep.

    Nadat haar borste verwyder is, sy het begin twyfel of sy 'n seun sou word.

    Ten spyte van haar twyfel, druk sy aan. Sy het haar naam en geslag op haar rybewys en geboortesertifikaat verander, haarself Quincy noem (na die musikant Quincy Jones) terwyl sy van die geluid daarvan hou. Sy het ook haar naam by akte-peiling verander, en het 'n gesagsherkenningsertifikaat van die regering verkry wat haar amptelik manlik maak.

    In Januarie verlede jaar, kort na haar 22ste verjaardag, sy het haar finale testosteroon inspuiting gehad.

    Maar, na jare se hormone in jou liggaam gepomp is, die horlosie kan nie maklik teruggedraai word nie. Dit is waar dat haar tydperke teruggekeer het en dat sy stadigaan 'n vrouliker figuur om haar heupe begin herwin het. Tog groei haar baard steeds.

    ‘Ek weet nie of ek ooit weer regtig soos 'n vrou sal lyk nie,’ sy het gese. ‘Ek voel ek was 'n marmot by die Tavistock, en ek dink niemand weet wat in die toekoms met my liggaam sal gebeur nie.’

    Selfs die vraag of sy kinders sal kan kry, is te betwyfel.

    Sy het weer vroueklere begin koop en vroulike toilette gebruik, maar sê: ‘Ek is elke keer daaroor bekommerd as vroue dink ek is 'n man. Ek raak senuweeagtig. Ek het kort hare, maar ek groei dit en, miskien, dit sal 'n verskil maak.’

    Volgens wet is sy manlik, en sy staar die burokratiese nagmerrie van die verandering van amptelike papierwerk terug om te sê dat sy vroulik is.

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