WPATH and EPATH Response to NHS England’ (UK) Puberty blocker policy

The European Professional Association for Transgender Health (EPATH) and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) are deeply concerned over the NHS England Interim Clinical Policy: Puberty suppressing hormones for children and adolescents who have gender incongruence or dysphoria. Transgender and gender diverse young people across the United Kingdom are facing a health care access crisis. The closure of the NHS Tavistock Clinic’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), with no new clinical hubs fully operational yet, has left young transgender and gender diverse people and families with no opportunity to obtain care. This is in breach of the main Principles of the NHS Constitution. We urge NHS England to immediately revise the proposed guidelines and work to strengthen equitable access to gender-affirming health care services for transgender and gender diverse youth across the nation.

Click here to read our full response to NHS England’ Puberty blockers policy.