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GP probed for giving child, 12, gender-change hormones

GP probed for giving child, 12, gender-change hormones
From BBC - September 10, 2017

A Monmouthshire GP is being investigated over complaints about her giving gender-change hormones to children as young as 12.

Dr Helen Webberley has been restricted from treating transgender patients unsupervised while the General Medical Council (GMC) looks into the case.

The Abergavenny-based GP said there had been no adverse finding against her.

The GMC said it would only comment on investigations if and when they reached tribunal stage.

The investigation was launched after two GPs complained to the GMC about Dr Webberley's private clinic, which specialises in gender issues.

She told the BBC she had given cross-sex hormone treatment to one 12-year-old and three 15-year-olds, despite NHS guidelines that they be given at about 16 or over.

"There are many children under 16 who are desperate to start what they would consider their natural puberty earlier than that," Dr Webberley told BBC Wales.

"And, of course, when someone mentions a 12-year-old it is very emotive."

Dr Webberley said the NHS protocol on hormone treatment starting at about 16 was "not set on any medical evidence or research".

"It's not in line with the centres of excellence in other countries and the standards of transgender care moving forward," she added.

She pointed out there had been "no decisions or judgements" made on the claims against her and they were "simply aspects that need to be explored".

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