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NHS transgender care lottery ended

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All transgender patients will be guaranteed a range of treatment that should be paid for by the NHS, under a new commissioning structure.

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.’

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