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New adult gender identity services for transgender people in Wales

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Transgender people in Wales will soon be able to access specialist healthcare services in the country for the first time, the Welsh Government has said.

A new adult gender identity service will be launched combining hospital-based services with improved care in the community, including a network of GPs able to provide care closer to home.

The announcement from Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething AM coincides with Pride Cymru.

Gender care will include hormone replacement therapy.

Stonewall Cymru said the move was a "big step forward after years of campaigning by trans communities".

Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in demand for transgender health services in Wales. As part of our commitment to improve health and wellbeing for all, this year we made additional funding available within the Welsh Government budget to improve gender identity provision in Wales. The new services I’m announcing today means all but the most specialist services will soon be delivered in Wales, closer to people’s homes, which will improve access and experience for people needing care. I look forward to seeing great improvements to those services.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary

From the end of March next year, the new the Welsh Gender Team (WGT) will accept referrals and individuals who are currently on waiting lists for treatment. This will be done in partnership with the Gender Identity Clinic in London, where the pathways will remain open for individuals with complex needs or those requesting gender reassignment surgery.

The Welsh Government said the new arrangements will result in shorter distances to travel and improved waiting times.

GP Committee (GPC) Wales is delighted to see how the Welsh Government has taken a proactive approach to listening and addressing the holistic care needs that the transgender community has.

We’re also pleased that this will involve GPs with specialist interest being a pivotal part of the proposed service, and all GPs involved in the patient journey, with clarity on referral pathways being a first for the UK.

– Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair of the BMA Cymru Wales GP Committee