BBC: “NHS child gender clinic: Staff concerns ‘shut down'”.
This 2020 BBC article describes leaked documents that lend further weight to many of the claims made by whistle-blower Kirsty Entwistle regarding the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS).
The new allegations are based on transcripts of staff interviews done during a review into the GIDS. Among the claims, quoted from the BBC article:
- Clinicians reported worries that some patients were referred onto a gender transitioning pathway too quickly.
- Clinicians claimed child protection and safeguarding concerns were “shut down”.
- Staff alleged they were discouraged by GIDS Director Polly Carmichael from going to see the Trust’s safeguarding lead, and from referring cases to social services.
- People who raised concerns were seen as “…trouble making and difficult.” This included specific threats against clinicians’ careers.
- Staff linked the poor safeguarding processes to the resignation of more than forty clinicians in the space of just three years.
- Several staff claimed that a member of the GIDS leadership, Sarah Davidson, would sometimes refer children for treatment after only one or two appointments.
So the publicly funded NHS appears to be openly pushing inherently un-provable ideology over science.
More worryingly this involves minors, a group usually designated by the law as incompetent to make decisions with life-long implications.
It is astonishing to consider how deeply embedded this extremism has become in our society.
It will likely come to be viewed as a public health scandal by future generations. And it has happened on our watch.