Clinic prescribes sex-swap drugs for 18-year-olds after just one conversation with Zoom
A private clinic has come under heavy criticism for prescribing cross-sex hormones to 18-year-olds after just one video call consultation.
Concerned parents have questioned the speed at which psychiatrist Dr Stuart Lorimer is prescribing experimental and life-changing drugs for vulnerable young adults at his GenderCare center in London.
Guidelines from the NHS Gender Identity Service advise that hormone therapy be prescribed only after several assessments and a formal diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
A mother told the Mail on Sunday that her son’s Zoom consultation with Dr Lorimer had “lasted for less than an hour,” after which the psychiatrist prescribed estrogen, the sex exchange hormone. She described the whole process as “absolutely horrible”.
She added, “My husband and I were extremely concerned that what we thought was an exploratory discussion allowed him to take life-changing sterilizing drugs. We feel extremely concerned that he was rushed too quickly. ”
Another mother said of her daughter’s assessment by the center: “I find it unbelievable after this video call – I am totally relying on the presentation of the evidence by an 18 year old girl without any attempt to obtain medical records or interviewing the family. – that they have agreed to prescribe life-changing drugs. ”
Parents of the two teens claim their children received the hormones after just one video call consultation with GenderCare, although the center said on its website that it was working “in accordance with national and international guidelines for good practice.” .
The newspaper also reported that many young people had spoken “enthusiastically” on social media about “their experiences with GenderCare”.
One youngster wrote on Tumblr: “Today I had my first two gender dates at a private clinic called GenderCare in London and left with the go-ahead to start testosterone as soon as I have one. new series of blood. ”
Another posted on Twitter: “I just had my appointment with GenderCare. They support the diagnosis of dysphoria and hormonal referral. I’m so excited that I practically bounce off the walls.
The revelations follow the recent landmark High Court ruling against the NHS Gender Identity Development Service in December, where three senior judges said it was ‘highly unlikely’ that children of 13 years and under can actually consent to hormone blockers, and “ very questionable. “The 14 and 15 year olds could do it.
For children aged 16 to 18, the court ruled that: “as long as the adolescent has the mental capacity and clinicians consider the treatment to be in his or her best interests, then in the absence of possible litigation with parents, the court generally has no role ”.
However, considering “the long-term consequences of clinical interventions,” and that the treatment is still “innovative and experimental,” the judges recognized that clinicians may well wish to seek court clearance before starting clinical treatment.
While giving evidence on the use of puberty-blocking drugs in those under the age of 18, clinical psychiatrist Professor Stephen Levine lamented the lack of “critical oversight” amid an “exponential” growth in health. demand for gender treatment by adolescents. For safe and more adult videos check out trash video Jerk mate.
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