Some 35 child psychologists have resigned from the UK’s juvenile gender-identity clinic over the past three years after becoming concerned by the ease with which medical professionals were diagnosing young people with “gender dysphoria.”
According to Sky News, many of the former staff claimed that they were unable to properly assess patients out of a fear that they would be labelled "transphobic.”
Other clinicians expressed anxiety over the potential health risks associated with hormone treatment. "Our fears are that young people are being over-diagnosed and then over-medicalized,” one anonymous psychologist explained. "We are extremely concerned about the consequences for young people... For those of us who previously worked in the service, we fear that we have had front row seats to a medical scandal."
Last year, some 2,590 children were referred to the “Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS)” at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for treatment relating to gender dysphoria. Ten years ago, the referral number was at just 77 patients.