General practitioners are stirring the pot when it comes to the transgender movement. Because they say that there is a “lack of evidence,” that the treatments, which parents use to pave the way for their children to change genders, work. Not only is this disturbing for parents who have turned to these treatments for their transgender children, the news “should reassure doctors who prescribe for their trans patients.”
Although a lot more research is needed in terms of the market-ready “puberty blockers” that some doctors prescribe to transgender children, the Royal College of General Practitioners have issued a warning over the United Kingdom’s National Health Service’s available treatments for children who want to get ready to undergo a sex change when they come of age.
The Royal College of General Practitioners released its “position statement” that they believe there is a lack of “robust evidence” about whether “puberty blockers” have positive or negative long-term effects. The RCGP claimed that they can’t say for sure whether these controversial drugs stop the body from maturing or provide progress in the development of cross-sex hormones.
Because the group of general practitioners wants there to be more research put into the drugs, they are not confident that doctors should be prescribing the puberty-blocking drugs.
The language that the RCGP used could easily upset transgender activists. In the position statement, the RCGP claimed that each patient possesses a certain “biological sex” as well as the gender that is chosen. They are saying that this distinction must be made because if it is not, there could be disastrous medical mistakes made in the future.
Because of the NHS position, family doctors feel pressured to provide transgender services that the RCGP claims “lie outside the remit of a GP’s generalist expertise.”
Not only does the RCGP want there to be more research, but they’re claiming that they’re not the people for the job – as they do not have the specialized knowledge or expertise required to work with the issues of transgender patients.
Professor Richard Byng, a practicing GP and professor of primary care at Plymouth University, said: “I hope it will provide GPs with the confidence to talk openly and compassionately with patients about the differences between gender identity and biological sex.; the limited evidence for the treatments available; and the fact that transitioning can be an irreversible process with lifelong implications.”
The position statement is a twelve-page document that claims “the role of the GP in caring for gender-questioning and transgender patients” is partly an issue stemming from the increasing number of young children who want to transition to a different gender than the one assigned at birth.
For example, in England, the number of thirteen-year-olds seeking treatment to transition their gender has increased 30 percent in one year. The same for 14-year-olds has risen 25 percent. Girls are more likely to want to transition than boys. At the Tavistock Clinic in London, 74 percent of the young patients are girls.
What do you think about the GPs’ position statement concerning transgender children?
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