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The Executive says that a draft national service development model for transgender children, adults and adolescents was submitted by the HSE Quality Improvement Division to the HSE Divisions of Primary Care, Mental Health and Acute Hospital for consideration in January.
“The model was developed by the HSE Quality Improvement Division in consultation with key treating clinicians, planners, policy-makers, advocates and service users,” a HSE spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI).
“The model outlines key services required to ensure the needs of the transgender population, including children and adolescents, are addressed.
“It details current service provision and emerging service demand in relation to adults and separately in relation to children and adolescents.”
The spokesperson added that the draft model draws on evidence from international best practice and aims to build on services which already exist and develop those where deficits prevail.
“Efforts are now underway to resource and support immediate priorities at hospital, community and primary care levels. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months through the HSE budgetary Estimates process for 2018 to identify further immediate priorities to be developed and resourced in 2018.”
This follows increasing recognition in healthcare and wider society of transgender rights.
In May 2016, MI reported that a policy to promote equality for transgender healthcare staff had been issued by the Saolta University Health Care Group.
Last month, the Gender Recognition (Amendment) Bill 2017, introduced by Senator Fintan Warfield (Sinn Féin) and co-signed by Senator David Norris (Independent) and Senator Grace O’Sullivan (Green Party), passed the second stage of the Seanad with the full support of the house.
It includes a number of measures, such as allowing for young people under 16 to receive gender recognition with parental consent.
A review of the Gender Recognition Act 2015 is due to take place later this year.