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Doctor claims NHS doesn't have the capacity to deal with the increasing number of trans patients

A recent report revealed that more than two million Brits will question their gender

2018-06-06

A doctor has claimed that the NHS doesn’t have the capacity to deal with the number of people questioning their gender identity.

On Monday (June 4), James Palmer, the medical director for specialise services at NHS England, told The Telegraph that nearly two million Britons will be expected to question their gender.

Currently, there are 7,500 adults waiting for an appointment with the NHS and he claimed there was “absolutely not sufficient capacity in the system”.

And now Dr Helen Webberly, the founder of GenderGP, said the demand has increased because of social acceptance.

She told PinkNews: “Everyone’s been saying for the last three years that the numbers have been increasing.

“And that is a good thing, because of societal acceptance. We saw this when the gay community came out in the eighties, it went from being rare to commonplace – and that’s what will happen with transgenderism.

“What people forget is that we’re all on the gender spectrum in one way or another. The idea of how many transgender people are out there is a spectrum – we all could be – gender isn’t as binary.

“Whether there’s a high demand or not, people have to manage that business strategy.

“The NHS agreed a long time ago to treat transgender patients, therefore not having the budget is moot.

“You can’t suddenly say there’s so many people with blood pressure. You have to see them, there’s no question about it.”

At the moment, transgender people are forced to live as their true selves for two years before they can legally be recognised as that gender.