Daily Mail 21 June 2021
The NHS‘s only children’s gender transition clinic is currently running ‘conversion therapy for gay kids’ in a bid to persuade them that they are really trans, a gay psychologist who worked there has claimed.
Dr Matt Bristow said he feared that the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust was ignoring the possibility that boys and girls who told clinicians they wanted to change their sex might simply be homosexual.
His claim has emerged in witness statements for Sonia Appleby, a psychotherapist at the clinic who is suing the trust for allegedly ostracising her after she raised concerns over the use of puberty blockers.
The Tavistock clinic in London has been at the centre of growing controversy over its treatment of young people for suspected gender dysphoria.
The number of children wanting to change sex has rocketed in recent years, with the number of referrals to doctors for gender treatment in England among girls under 18 rising from 40 in 2009 to 1,806 in 2017.
Last year the High Court banned the use of puberty blockers without a court order giving permission on the grounds that children under 16 could not give informed consent to such treatment, which it called ‘experimental’.
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