Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced an urgent inquiry into gender hormone treatment for vulnerable children, stating that the system is “failing children.” The Health Secretary is planning an overhaul of how health service staff deal with under-18s who question their gender identity and has likened political sensitivities over gender dysphoria to the fears of racism in Rotherham over grooming gangs.
The Times reports that Javid is also preparing legal changes that would give Hilary Cass access to an NHS database of children treated by the service to see how many later regretted taking puberty-blockers and cross-sex hormones.
We would like to thank Hilary Cass for her work in leading the Cass Review into the Tavistock GIDS. The publication of the recent interim report has been pivotal in the exposure of a system that has failed the most vulnerable children, including teenage girls, neurodiverse children and those in the care system.
The politicisation of a childhood condition and adolescent identity development has led to catastrophic failings in the health system’s duty of care to children. An ideological system based on faith rather than facts and evidence has led to numerous children and young people being harmed irreversibly by the medical profession. The independent Cass Review has shone a light on a medical experiment on children that was previously obscured by dogma and an adult political agenda.
The consequences of giving one group of diverse children the simplistic political label ‘transgender’ has led to an unquestioning acceptance of a child’s self-diagnosis by the health profession and a complete abdication of duty to provide normal standards of paediatric care. We are grateful that Sajid Javid has listened to Cass and we hope that the days of listening to activist groups on the subject of healthcare for children are well and truly over.
In 2015 we founded our organisation to call for investigation and open debate on the issue of gender treatment for children. Seven years later we have the interim findings of the Cass Review and the promise of a government inquiry. The bullying, defamation and attempts to silence us along the way have only strengthened our conviction that political lobby groups do not have children’s best interests at heart and are not appropriate ambassadors for children.
We only ever asked for proper, evidence-based healthcare for children confused or distressed about their gender. Today our work is vindicated.
We are grateful to everyone who has supported us and the courageous individuals who have also spoken out, at risk to their jobs, reputations and livelihoods.
This is a wake-up call. We must never again allow children to be used as pawns in an adult political movement. We must always ask questions. We must always insist on open discussion and debate on issues that affect children’s lives on such a profound level. As a society we have a collective duty of care towards children and young people and we must never again let them down so badly.
Thank you Sajid Javid.