Closes the clinic that saw transgender children

For spring, the Gender Identity Development Service (Gids) from Tavistock & Portman in London it will no longer exist: After gaining access to the medical records of over 9,000 minors treated for gender dysphoria over the past decade, the team of experts led by retired pediatrician Hilary Cass has put an end to the nightmare of Keira Bell and thousands of children labeled as transgender and forced to “a tortuous and useless, permanent and life-altering path”: “The current care model – writes Cass – exposes children to significant risk of mental illness and is not a safe or viable long-term solution”.

The final inquiry against Tavistock

Faced with the overwhelming evidence gathered by experts about the untold amount of experimental hormone treatments prescribed to children outside the usual clinical standards and guardianships, the English health service has finally decided: GIDS will be closed, its services will be transferred to monitored regional centers from . major children’s hospitals such as Great Ormond Street and Alder Hey.

But it took more than three years, mass resignations of many doctors, complaints from patients in court, the front pages Times to put an end to the theft of childhood and the commercialization of the bodies of minors (five thousand patients in 2021, there were 250 just ten years earlier): “A mass experiment is underway with children, the most vulnerable”. Among them, Keira Bell, the young girl who, at the age of 16 and within just three appointments, found herself taking puberty blockers, then injections of testosterone and, in her twenties, underwent a double mastectomy. Until she realized that it wasn’t her body that was wrong and decided to resort to many other detransitioners like her to the English High Court against the clinic.

Doctor Bell: “I Couldn’t Pretend Nothing Happened”

The Tavistock scandal came to light in late 2018 when a report on the questionable methods of GIDS by psychiatrist and psychoanalyst David Bell, head of adult services at Tavistock (which in every way prevented and sanctioned it), had reached the newspapers. Times he had repeated the whole story here: Ten doctors (a third of the clinicians dealing with children sent to the clinic) had knocked on the door of the oldest fixture to ask for help. At Gids, they explained, children were increasingly tested and did not always share their parents’ sense of urgency. Their bosses dismissed as “simple cases” those of young patients who were immediately diagnosed with gender dysphoria and given standard puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.

Some of the children were referred for treatment after only two appointments, labeled as trans, and have never been followed up since. GIDS also recruited too many inexperienced (and cheap) psychologists, according to doctors. The most serious case involved a child who was sent to an endocrinologist to start treatment when he was only 8 years old. “I couldn’t ignore it,” Bell told al Guardian.

“Do you want a living son or a dead daughter?”

That year in 18, they resigned for “reasons of conscience” (“this experimental treatment is carried out not only on children, but on very vulnerable children who have had psychological problems, abuse, family trauma. But sometimes these factors are simply covered up,” told they all Times) following the example of the psychoanalyst Marcus Evans, the first to dispute what the clinic proposed as “reversible treatment” for children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as for parents, already convinced by activists, celebrities and influencers that the transition was normal, easy and painless .

The investigation of Times it shook the United Kingdom: Doctors condemned the clinic’s pressure to start the transition process as many children as possible after sessions of just three hours. In the rush to accept and celebrate the new transgender identity, complex family histories were ignored of gay or autistic boys diagnosed as “transgender” by default, initiated on hormone blockers from the age of sixteen. And they told how transgender charities had been fundamentally responsible for promoting gender transition between mothers and fathers as the only “cure” for their children, citing the very powerful mermaids: “Mermaids always tell parents it’s a matter of life or dead… “Would you prefer a living boy or a dead girl?”: The tale of mermaids is everywhere ».

“A live, unregulated experiment on children”

Many professors and colleagues joined the doctors, editorials addressed the issue of the dangers of off-label drug use, “an unregulated live experiment on children.” The investigation into the relocation services opened several disputes in court, Tavistock became the center of intense inspection and monitoring by the Ministry of Health, politics also intervened.

Last year, a report by the Care Quality Commission branded the GIDS as “inadequate”, the lowest score a healthcare worker can get. The report condemned the lack of registries, the absence of numbers, patient consent documents, summary assessments, absurd waiting lists: 4,600 young people who said they were transgender tried to book an appointment.

The risk of having disturbed children’s brain development

Still, the truth finally came out, and it’s even more horrific than the investigations let us imagine. Not only in Cass’s account – here well taken up in its most important passages of Spectator – it appears that for years the NHS has been treating vulnerable, distressed and gender insecure children, as transgender and with drugs that will have an irreversible impact on their lives, without knowing whether these drugs could provide the expected results or, on the contrary, make it more difficult for them to resolve inconveniences and uncertainties. Not only could puberty blockers have had the opposite effect of what has been so strongly claimed. But:

“An additional cause for concern is that increases in sex hormones during adolescence may trigger the opening of a critical phase for remapping based on the experiences of the neural circuits responsible for the executive function (i.e. the maturation of the part of the brain involved in planning).decisions and judgement).If this is the case, brain maturation may be temporarily or permanently disrupted by puberty blockers, which may have a significant impact on the ability to make complex decisions involving risks, as well as possible long-term neuropsychological consequences To date, very limited research has been conducted on the short-, medium-, and long-term effects of puberty blockers on neurocognitive development.

In other words, a review by the NHS has shown that the drugs given to some children by the same health service can interrupt brain development and make them even less able to make complex decisions. Such drugs can have long-term consequences for the mental functioning of the children they receive.

Three years of “fear of being accused of transphobia”

“All this raises many sad questions – he writes Spectator -. Here are only two. Given the lack of evidence to support the use of puberty blockers and the amount of concerns raised, why did it take so long for the uncertainty and risks associated with their use to be officially recognized? In what other context would the responsible authorities – medical, governmental and political – have been so slow to act in the face of such an egregious disregard for the welfare of children?’

Already Bell, who was amazed by the absence of “rollerheads” in Tavistock after his resignation, said he was shocked by the left’s reluctance to address the issue: “They think it has to do with being liberal, rather than with concern about how children are. cared for. Mermaids and Stonewall made people fear even the possibility of hearing another point of view ». “What matters is the truth. But the fear of being singled out as transphobic now dominates everything’.

That Times: blockers such as lobotomies to treat mental illness

“When the National Health Service finally decided to investigate, Dr Hilary Cass’s report was terrifying – wrote yesterday Times on the epilogue of a story followed by his journalists for over three years -. The clinic had failed to keep accurate records of all children treated with hormones after their growth. There was no long-term monitoring of outcomes, no attempt to look at other factors influencing mental well-being, and no distinction between clinical experience and the tenacious activism of those who insisted that trans rights were above all a matter of social and political acceptance. Science should never be an ideological prisoner, nor should scientists be intimidated into dispelling doubts about current practice. Tavistock’s addiction to puberty blockers has been compared to the twentieth-century craze for curing mental illness with lobotomies. It is based on little clinical evidence, but becomes a universal cure. Children are prone to a myriad of factors that affect their mental health: anorexia, self-harm, isolation and broken relationships. Body dysmorphia should be placed in the context of general pediatric care, as it will now. Concerns about Tavistock’s dull ideology have long been highlighted by the authors of Times. The government has finally listened”.

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