GP probed for giving child, 12, gender-change hormones

A Monmouthshire GP is being investigated over complaints about her giving gender-change hormones to children as young as 12.

Stephanie Davies-Arai, of campaign group Transgender Trends, which raises concerns about gender treatment among children, said she was “very concerned” by the move toward “earlier and earlier” treatment for “younger and younger” children.

“Teenagers [and children] are not really equipped to make long-term decisions and benefit and risk calculations. We should not be fixing their identity at that age with medication that is irreversible,” she added.

She said cross-sex hormone treatment can effectively put patients on the path to sterilisation, alongside other changes, which is a “huge ethical issue”.

“These are huge, life-changing effects on children’s bodies, on children’s lives, and we need to be very, very cautious before presenting this treatment pathway to minors,” she said.

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