Medics who do not immediately affirm a gender-confused patient’s ‘gender identity’ are being accused of conversion therapy, it has been revealed.
Writing in The Times, columnist Hadley Freeman reported that she had spoken to several members of the Clinical Advisory Network on Sex and Gender (CAN-SG), almost all of whom asked to remain anonymous due to the “strong” level of fear across the organisation.
One GP said: “Several colleagues have been accused within their profession of conversion therapy just for asking their patients questions, which does make you nervous”, adding that younger gender-confused patients are “anywhere between 11 and 14”.
Medics also told Freeman they had been accused of transphobia for not using a patient’s ‘preferred pronouns’.
One psychiatrist describing the confusion of describing “a young female patient’s history of sexual abuse and trauma if I have to refer to her as ‘him'”.
Dr Louise Irvine, Co-Chairwoman of (CAN-SG) said: “We have members who have been accused of transphobia for asking to see the evidence behind medicalised gender treatments. But it is very clear the evidence is weak. We are not the outliers here. Sex really does matter.”
Several colleagues have been accused within their profession of conversion therapy just for asking their patients questions
Last month, it was revealed that NHS England’s notorious gender identity service for children has been threatened with court action over ‘missing’ emails to the pro-trans organisation Mermaids.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said the Tavistock clinic needs to look again, after it refused to release then denied holding email correspondence with Mermaids under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
Mermaids’ ‘governance and management’ is currently under investigation by the Charity Commission, after revelations the group had been sending chest binders to girls as young as 13 without their parents’ knowledge.