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Former staff of controversial Tavistock gender clinic reportedly open new pediatric facility: ‘Worrying’

Former staff members from a controversial pediatric gender clinic that United Kingdom authorities last year ordered closed are reportedly back at work in a new facility referring youths to transgender procedures.

Gender Plus, which was established after NHS England ordered the London-based gender identity clinic at the Tavistock and Portman Trust to shut its doors amid safety concerns, is offering “specialist gender assessment for children, adolescent and young adults” that can lead to “onward referral to an appropriate endocrine or surgical team,” according to the Daily Telegraph.

Gender Plus is also planning to establish a private “associated hormone clinic” that will be headed by Paul Carruthers, who has been a member of the Tavistock NHS team since 2015.

Seven people — about half the staff — at Gender Plus have also worked at the Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service, including Dr. Aidan Kelly, Dr. Claudia Zitz and Dr. Jos Twist, the Telegraph noted.

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Tavistock Centre clinic in London

The Tavistock Centre on July 29, 2022, in London, England. The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) clinic at Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation trust in North London is the UK’s only dedicated gender identity clinic for children and young people, and was ordered closed last year. (Guy Smallman/Getty Images)

Also on staff is Dr. Lyndsey Moon, who led up the Memorandum of Understanding Against Conversion Therapy, a joint document signed by 25 medical professionals that aims to end the practice in the U.K.

Gender Plus maintains that to complete a gender assessment, it takes approximately six sessions that cost up to £275 per hour and are mostly done via Zoom, according to the Telegraph. The “surgery referral” also costs £275.

NHS England announced recently that puberty blockers would be given to minors only in clinical trials, citing a local of “evidence to support their safety or clinical effectiveness.”

Following nearly two decades of concern that the clinic was rushing children into transgender procedures, Dr. Hilary Cass led the independent review last year that raised safety concerns about the Tavistock gender clinic, which ultimately led to its closure.

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Tavistock gender clinic building seen from street

About half the staff of Gender Plus also worked at the Tavistock clinic, pictured above. (Guy Smallman/Getty Images)

“We do not fully understand the role of adolescent sex hormones in driving the development of both sexuality and gender identity through the early teen years, so by extension we cannot be sure about the impact of stopping these hormone surges on psychosexual and gender maturation,” Cass wrote in her review last year. “We therefore have no way of knowing whether, rather than buying time to make a decision, puberty blockers may disrupt that decision-making process.”

The clinic also drew considerable scrutiny in 2020 when Keira Bell claimed she had been prescribed puberty blockers at Tavistock while she was a teenager suffering with mental issues and incapable of understanding the risks.

Bell would undergo a double mastectomy and take cross-sex hormones before de-transitioning after coming to regret her decision.

A protest sign sits outside the Tavistock clinic in London on July 29, 2022. (Guy Smallman/Getty Images)

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“It is worrying that staff from a failed service have set up a private practice,” Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of the Transgender Trend campaign group, told the Times of London. “Those in private practice should be following NHS protocols in order to be safe. The health secretary needs to investigate these clinics, some of which have been running for years, and to look at their standards of practice.”

“We take a developmental approach to deliver an accessible, holistic and comprehensive service that goes some way towards meeting the huge level of unmet need that exists currently. We are aware and up to date with the recent NHS England service specifications,” a spokesperson for Gender Plus told the Telegraph.

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