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NHS launches review into record number of kids referred for gender identity issues

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THE NHS has launched a review into the huge number of kids referred for gender identity issues.

A record 2,519 sought help in 2018, some aged just three.

It is a 27-fold rise from 94 in 2010.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust clinic in London has been accused of giving too many puberty-blocking drugs to kids.

Dr Hilary Cass OBE, ex-president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, will lead an independent review.

Dr Cass said: “It is absolutely right that children and young people, who may be dealing with a complexity of issues around their gender identity, get the best possible support and expertise throughout their care.”

Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We look forward to the opportunities to demonstrate the quality of the care we deliver, the thoughtfulness of our clinicians, and their resilience in this difficult field of work."

Ministers this week ruled transgender people cannot legally change gender without a medical diagnosis.

Women and Equalities Minister Liz Truss said the new online process with a reduced fee would be “kinder and more straightforward”.

The fee will be reduced from £140 to a "nominal amount".

But the Equality and Human Rights Commission called it a "missed opportunity".

Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio is first transgender woman to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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