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Arkadian X
Arkadian X
4 months ago

I may be a bigot, buy should gender reassignment surgery be on the NHS at all?

Debbie Hayton
Debbie Hayton
4 months ago
Reply to  Arkadian X

Whatever your feelings about the treatment itself, effectively gender reassignment surgery is no longer available to new patients on the NHS. Not for many years, anyway.

Last edited 4 months ago by Debbie Hayton
R Wright
R Wright
4 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Hayton

That’s good. Given that over 80% of those that present as gender dysphoric eventually desist and most figure out they’re merely homosexual the longer the better.

Jeremy Bray
Jeremy Bray
4 months ago
Reply to  R Wright

I know of one case where parents were themselves sent slightly mad by their son’s assertion that he wanted to transition at 18 and was entering the pathway to do so when sanity prevailed with him shortly before treatment started. The limitations of the NHS in this area may be a blessing although it is a pity that proper psychiatric treatment is not more available- but that applies to many psychiatric conditions and the NHS is already buckling under the demand for its services.

Last edited 4 months ago by Jeremy Bray
Lindsay S
Lindsay S
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeremy Bray

What doesn’t help are those who demand that it isn’t mental health disorder. They have little regard for those being misdiagnosed because they help boost their numbers, just collateral damage, i guess.
I would like to be more sympathetic to the plight of the trans people sat on waiting lists but at the end of the day, they are not the only people being failed by the NHS. EVERYONE is being failed by the NHS.

William Cameron
William Cameron
4 months ago
Reply to  Arkadian X

You are not a bigot. The N HS priority needs to be for those in pain and danger.

Arkadian X
Arkadian X
4 months ago

You never know these days…

Steve Jerome
Steve Jerome
4 months ago

I imagine the writer would , rightly, say that psychotherapy is somewhat urgent. Irrespective of outcome in relation to transitioning, many young people in this situation become severely depressed and even suicidal.

N Forster
N Forster
4 months ago

Funds would be better spent teaching people methods, tools and techniques on how to live life in a body which does not accord with their wishes, perceptions or desires.

Allison Barrows
Allison Barrows
4 months ago
Reply to  N Forster

I’d like to have Elle McPherson’s body, but I learned to live with my little 5’ frame all on my own, no one else’s money required.

N Forster
N Forster
4 months ago

I myself my been trying to get the world to affirm that I am as I perceive – as very tall, handsome and rich. Haters insist that this might not be the case.

Allison Barrows
Allison Barrows
4 months ago
Reply to  N Forster

Buy you a cuppa?

N Forster
N Forster
4 months ago

Then you could pretend I’m tall rich and handsome and I can pretend you’re Elle McPherson….

Richard Craven
Richard Craven
4 months ago

“The surgeons exploiting trans misery”
The “surgeons” castrating and de-breasting children are sadistic paedophiles.

Tom Watson
Tom Watson
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard Craven

I think this article’s all about adults – but there are worse Carthago delenda ests you could adopt.

William Shaw
William Shaw
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard Craven

The various factions involving themselves in this controversial issue will never reach an accommodation by resorting to ridiculously false accusations.

Doug Pingel
Doug Pingel
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard Craven

Richard – that’s the second time in a week that you’ve used the ‘paedo’ insult in this parish. As a man of letters I’m surprised that you have fallen into the same trap as Elon Musk. A female, on reaching puberty, is usually of little sexual interest to real “paedos”. How you want to describe those perverts who engage in sexual activities with people between puberty and the age-of-consent (in a particular society/country) is a diiferent matter. My concern over this mis-naming of people is triggered not so much by the Duke of York who whatever else he is (a lot) has not been charged with paedophilia but by the plight of a young woman 3 villages up my valley in Gwent. A mob from the local estate was about to torch her house when is was explained to them that the peado* was actually a Paediatric Nurse and even that job had to be explained to them.
*On a placard, I was told, held by one of the rabble leaders.

Sharon Overy
Sharon Overy
4 months ago

A common theme amongst detransitioners is that everything snowballed – there was no real breathing-room, inadequate reflection time, in the process.

Annoying as waiting might be, it may be something of a blessing in disguise.

Caroline Watson
Caroline Watson
4 months ago

We should not be paying for this at all. It is a form of cosmetic surgery and we should only fund that on the NHS if the individual has a congenital deformity or has been mutilated in an accident or by cancer. The NHS should not be mutilating healthy bodies and the taxpayer should not be expected to fund it.
The current priorities of the NHS should be life-threatening physical diseases such as cancer, heart conditions and strokes.

J Bryant
J Bryant
4 months ago

No doubt, in an ideal world, a person seeking gender reassignment surgery would receive extensive screening and psychological counselling before being referred for surgery. But, of course, we don’t live in an ideal world.
In the absence of adequate resources, perhaps the extensive waiting period before beginning the screening process provides time for a candidate, especially a young person, to thoroughly consider this radical decision and whether it’s right for them.
We read so much about coming scarcity in Europe this winter. It hardly has to be stated that scarcity is a bad thing. But perhaps sometimes scarcity is a blessing when the desired service has such a permanent, life-altering outcome.

John Scott
John Scott
4 months ago

“Vaginoplasty is a skilled job”–no it’s not, it is sadistically experimenting on people that need help.
Castration, ovary removal, and breast removal–these surgeons (and authors) are sadists. What happened to the “Do no harm” ethic?
Condemning people to be medically dependent on drugs for life, removing an individuals ability to have sexual orgasms, destroying their ability to have children, erosion of women’s hard earned rights, and the blatant homophobia being advocated by this authors and money hungry (at least the author is honest about that) “surgeons”.
Come on Unherd. We want some original reporting–not this kind of endless Stonewall propaganda that we are bombarded with by the mainstream media and mindless government bureaucrats.

William Shaw
William Shaw
4 months ago
Reply to  John Scott

This needs to be discussed sensibly.
Not by calling surgeons sadists.

Julian Farrows
Julian Farrows
4 months ago
Reply to  William Shaw

Exactly. I maintain that lobotomists and phrenologists were deeply misunderstood too.

Charles Lewis
Charles Lewis
4 months ago

There is, of course, a world of difference between adult transition, usually done to prop up a failed life with sexual titillation, and the wholesale and permanent wrecking of a child’s body, externally and internally, Sunt lacrimae rerum.

William Cameron
William Cameron
4 months ago

Surely cancer patients should be first. And then hip replacements and heart valves. And when all of those are done and there are no waiting lists the NHS can offer these sorts of services.

Jane Watson
Jane Watson
4 months ago

GRS surgeon Phil Thomas pointed out that “there are simply not enough people in Britain who know how to make a vagina”….

Where to start?

ormondotvos
ormondotvos
4 months ago
Reply to  Jane Watson

Oh, how about “people with vaginas”?

Hardee Hodges
Hardee Hodges
4 months ago

psychotherapy” – Most certainly. Surgery seems like the most drastic step one could take and I would imagine it more like cosmetic work than not. As such should the public be on the hook? A lot of transition involving only hormone control seems adequate and the drugs are cheap. A GP can generally examine blood markers for control to avoid serious complication. Given many men now have moobs unless overly endowed, what’s the point of removal for F-M? Nobody cares much anyway and padding for M-F seems OK to fit a style.
Of course, I’m not in the group so hardly appreciate the issues involved. I’ve had M-F friends who were mannish women but were quite comfortable in their chosen style.

Rasmus Fogh
Rasmus Fogh
4 months ago

A long discussion including some good and measured contributions has disappeared. Could we get it back, please? Even if the starting comment was a bit on the rough side?

Now fixed. Thanks.

Last edited 4 months ago by Rasmus Fogh
Michael Friedman
Michael Friedman
4 months ago

Can anyone? in good faith, question the wisdom of insistence of (seriously) competent and licensed therapists to perform a holistic evaluation of someone who presents with gender dysphoria before even considering such drastic interventions as hormone treatment or surgery? Why would anyone rush?

Michael Friedman
Michael Friedman
4 months ago

Thanks so much for this

Martin Johnson
Martin Johnson
4 months ago

Let’s get real. The huge spike in numbers of people seeking reassignment surgery is almost certainly in large part due to social pressures. Even if I stipulate, arguendo, that they all should be seen promptly regardless of how “real” is their condition (unknown on an individual basis before they are seen), how reasonable is it for NHS to enormously increase its capacity in this area, at the expense of everything else, when it is quite likely that this social situation will change in a year or two or five and leave them with a lot of misallocated funds and underutilized vaginoplasty specialists while other needs like cardiac or cancer care are not being addressed?
These things are complicated and deal with an unknown future. Allocating funds between needs is not a simple moral issue with a clear answer..

Last edited 4 months ago by Martin Johnson
William Shaw
William Shaw
4 months ago

“The surgeons exploiting trans misery“
A headline chosen to attract views I assume? An unworthy artifice.
If it were true then the same thing could be said about plastic surgeons performing nose jobs, face lifts, liposuction and breast implants.
In fact the same nonsense claim could be made about any doctor treating cancer patients or anyone else who is ill and suffering.
Whoever chose the heading needs to do better.

Last edited 4 months ago by William Shaw
Julian Farrows
Julian Farrows
4 months ago
Reply to  William Shaw

There is a world of difference between non-essential cosmetic surgery and cancer treatment.

William Shaw
William Shaw
4 months ago
Reply to  Julian Farrows

The trans issue certainly produces strong and uncompromising opinions in bystanders.
I refer the question to Debbie and would like to hear her opinion on this point.
Does she agree with the wording of the headline?
Are surgeons truly exploiting trans misery, or are they simply doing their job, filling a gap in NHS services, and helping sometimes desperate people get the help they want?
Elsewhere in this thread John Scott called them sadists… a description I consider to be extremely unhelpful and with which I disagree. I’d be interested in her opinion on this point too.

William Shaw
William Shaw
4 months ago
Reply to  William Shaw

You started this Debbie.
What’s your opinion?
I’d like to know/

Penny Adrian
Penny Adrian
4 months ago

Thank You Debbie. It seems as if trans people are being failed in every way by the medical profession.

Julian Farrows
Julian Farrows
4 months ago
Reply to  Penny Adrian

Yes, that is the deepest tragedy of this eugenics movement: thousands of people needlessly allowing themselves to be genitally mutilated because of a social media trend.

ormondotvos
ormondotvos
4 months ago
Reply to  Julian Farrows

Corrective eugenics? Isn’t that a contradiction in terms?
No genes are bing altered or suppressed.
Maybe it’s body dysphoria, not “gender dysphoria”
When I was sixteen, and living in Key West, snorkeling the reefs, I deeply resented having to come up for air.
I’m over it now.

R Wright
R Wright
4 months ago
Reply to  ormondotvos

It’s eugenics because when you’re chemically castrated oestrogen a la Alan Turing you’re unable to produce gametes and are therefore sterile. Some people have called the trans movement a disguised anti-autist eugenics programme given that so many gender dysphoria victims have ASD.