Saturday , 18 January 2020

Scottish Lib Dems call for review of Gender Identity Clinic support

Jim Hume: “It is vital that Trans and non-binary people are getting the help they need” (Photo: Scottish Liberal Democrats)


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP today called on the Health Secretary to review support provided for Gender Identity Clinics (GICs) after new figures revealed the average waiting time for a first appointment at two of Scotland’s GICs is more than a year.

A report published this week by UK Trans Info included data on Scotland for the first time.

The average waiting time experienced by people seen between May and July 2015 at the Sandyford Clinic in Glasgow was 52 weeks. 69% of all new Scottish referrals to GICs during this period were to the Sandyford Clinic. At the Chalmers Clinic in Edinburgh, the average waiting time was 56 weeks.

At the end of July, zero patients on the waiting list at Sandyford had been seen within the Referral to Treatment Target of 18 weeks. The figures revealed that 285 people remain on waiting lists for a GIC appointment across Scotland.

Commenting, Mr Hume said: “With people seeking help from GICs in Scotland facing waits of more than one year for a first appointment, there is a compelling case for SNP Ministers to look again that the support that we provide for the hard-pressed NHS staff working at these clinics.

“Clearly, there are substantial capacity issues here and delays can have real impact on the health of Trans people waiting for treatment.

“It is vital that Trans and non-binary people are getting the help they need. Hundreds of people in Scotland are languishing on waiting lists and unless we review these services that is where they will remain.”

Last month it was revealed that many transgender Scots are waiting for increasingly long periods for treatment due to a chronic shortage of suitable qualified professionals.

About Andrew Page

Andrew Page
Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

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