A culture of secrecy and ideology

Having enough.

Health Secretary Victoria Atkins says she has had “enough” of a “culture of secrecy and ideology” around gender care for children. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, she criticised NHS England practitioners, in response to a landmark review into gender care practices.

It is a very weird culture for a medical issue. We’ve been saying that all along. It’s more like a religion than it is like normal medical practice. There are taboos, heretics, inquisitions, expulsions, lies, bullying, slogans, blasphemy laws – none of which you want in a medical issue.

The Cass review said children had been “let down” by a lack of research on the use of puberty blockers. It called for gender services to match the standards of other NHS care.

As opposed to being a special, sacrosanct service all its own.

The paediatrician behind Wednesday’s report, Dr Hilary Cass, said clinicians were also affected by the “toxicity” of public debate around transgender identities. “There are few other areas of healthcare where professionals are so afraid to openly discuss their views, where people are vilified on social media, and where name-calling echoes the worst bullying behaviour. This must stop,” she wrote.

And you know what? It needs to stop everywhere. Healthcare yes, but also education, politics, entertainment, social media – you name it.

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