Parties need to be clear on “gender-affirming healthcare”

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has said parties need to spell out their stance on “gender affirming healthcare” and that the Health Minister should spell out more clearly what stance will be taken by the Department of Health in light of the publication of the Cass Report.

By Carla Lockhart MP

Upper Bann

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The DUP MP said, “The publication of the Cass Report revealed a disturbing pattern where significant medical procedures were undertaken without serious question, primarily in the name of ‘gender affirming healthcare’. This was an approach actively supported by both the Alliance Party and Sinn Fein, yet they have been entirely silent since the publication of the report which described how there was “remarkably weak evidence” for this kind of approach.

It is time there was some clarity for the public on these issues, and greater detail from the Health Minister about what changes there have been within the Department as a result of the interim findings and to act on the recommendations of the final report.

Whilst the Minister may wish to see spending increase in this area, it would be important for the public to know exactly what approach is being followed by the Department when they are treating those, particularly young people who are presenting themselves and seeking gender-based services.”

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