It was also reported that those seeking gender reassignment at one of England’s eight centres face a waiting list of over three years.
According to NHS guidelines, the initial appointments for hormone therapy and surgery consultations should be within 18 weeks. NHS England explained how centres were limited due to a “shortage of suitably qualified staff” but an additional £4 million funding has been put into the services.
In England, there are currently around 4,500 referrals to gender identity clinics each year and The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee report showed the demand for these clinics is growing at nearly 30 per cent annually.
The report said that one of the largest clinics in England has admitted that appointment waiting times are currently between 12 and 18 months. At this current rate, it has been estimated that by 2017, the waiting times for physical surgery will reach three-and-a-half-years.
There are currently no clinics in...