Two year waiting times for NHS gender identity clinics, amid unprecented demand

Aug 27, 2019 by

by Laura Donnelly, Telegraph:

Record demand for help from NHS gender identity clinics has seen waiting times reach more than two years , an investigation has found.

Services said an “unprecedented rise in referrals” meant the time to see a specialist had doubled within a year at Britain’s main centre.

The figures show more than 5,700 people waiting for a first appointment at Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust, an all-time high. Less than a year ago, its average waiting time was just over 12 months.

But the trust said its adult gender identity clinic is now seeing patients referred to them for a first appointment back in August 2017.

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