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GP leader calls for urgent action to improve transgender services in Wales

A GP leader in Wales is calling for 'urgent action' to improve services for transgender patients in Wales.

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Chair of the BMA's (British Medical Association) Welsh GP Committee Dr Charlotte Jones says progress towards Wales' first transgender clinic is 'unacceptable'.

The Health Secretary Vaughan Gething announced plans to open a gender identity clinic in Cardiff last year.

Dr Jones says the clinic would mean patients would no longer need to travel long distances to access the majority of their care.

The Cabinet Secretary announced in August 2017, a unique opportunity to deliver a holistic service in the main delivered by Welsh GPs with the necessary expertise, supported by a specialist Gender Identify Clinic based in Cardiff – the first in the UK to deliver such a model. GPC Wales engaged constructively and extensively over an 18 month period to develop the service model.

The time for engagement in good faith is over.

Those involved in delivering the service need to take heed that an inferior service for the transgender community is unacceptable and not in line with what was agreed with the Cabinet Secretary, nor expected by the community and the GP profession.

– Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair, BMA Welsh GP's Committee

Dr Jones has said she has left the door open for further talks on the development of the service.

The Welsh Government says they are committed to providing an improved service to the transgender community.

We are committed to delivering improved healthcare services for the transgender community in Wales.

We expect all those involved in delivering this new service to work together to ensure it is a success.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson