At present, whether a patient receives treatment depends on local funding arrangements.
Wendy Irwin, RCN diversity and equality coordinator, said: ‘We have heard there are parts of the country where people find it much harder to access treatment, which is disturbing.’
However, a leaflet published last week, details a new commissioning system, which outlines ‘core’ transgender treatments, which are likely to be NHS-funded, and ‘non-core’ procedures – deemed ‘cosmetic’ or ‘aesthetic’ – which will remain at local discretion.
‘Generally, you will be able to obtain funding for specialist psychiatric assessment and for hormonal medication,’ the leaflet said. ‘In addition, a few PCTs will fund hair removal.’