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Many people have renewed concerns in Ireland following the planned closure of the Tavistock clinic in the UK, an organisation that provides psychological assessment and help for children experiencing gender identity issues.
The worries stem from the results of a recent review into the clinic. According to the BBC, it found that there was a lack of evidence to support some of the treatment paths being used. Retired paediatrician Dr. Hilary Cass, who carried out the review, ultimately concluded that it was “not a safe or viable long-term” option for young people and children.
Gender dysphoria and its treatment has been a controversial subject in the UK for some time. The Daily Mail UK reported earlier this year on comments made by Miriam Cates, a UK Member of Parliament and former biology teacher, who told her fellow MPs that she feels that the country’s sex education curriculum is leading to confusion among students in the area of gender. She also claimed that the rise in the number of children wanting to transition was a ‘social contagion, driven by the internet and reinforced in schools’.
According to RTE, the HSE has referred 238 children to the Tavistock Centre since 2015. Several senior medics within the HSE have said that they think an investigation is required into how the country’s health service used the Centre.
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