New Zealanders will be shocked to realise the experimental nature of treatment being carried out on children and adolescents in the name of gender-affirming medicine.
The treatment involves ‘puberty blockers’ – drugs that are shown by overseas research to have negative effects in the short term, with the long-term effects on the brain and bones not yet known. Yet these dangers are not explained on the Ministry of Health’s website, which claims they are ‘safe and fully reversible’.
A recent BBC documentary exposed the emerging scandal. The NHS recently quietly removed all claims that puberty blockers are ‘safe and reversible’ from their website. Carl Henegan, professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, has described the off-label use of puberty blockers on under-18s as an ‘unregulated live experiment on children’.