Irish children with gender dysphoria will continue to be referred to the Tavistock Clinic in London despite concerns over the safety of care, the HSE has confirmed.
Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain, the HSE’s national lead for integrated care, said the Tavistock Clinic was safe, and if it had been deemed unsafe it would have been closed immediately.
“The Tavistock will keep open for another year or so until there are regional units developed in the UK and increased numbers of people with the skill to deliver care to these children who so badly need it,” she told RTÉ's Morning Ireland.
“We will continue to refer while Tavistock is still open, we will monitor it extremely closely and we have for quite a number of years been exploring other options.”
Under the HSE treatment abroad scheme, the Tavistock Clinic was used to treat Irish children and young people suffering from gender dysphoria, defined by the NHS as a “sense of unease that a person may have because of a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity”.
Data provided under the Freedom of Information Act shows that between 2011 and 2021, there were 234 referrals of Irish children and young people to its clinic, an average of 21 a year.
However, Tavistock has now been ordered to close by next spring following recommendations from an ongoing review of its operations.
Okeydokey..... so the NHS decides to close a service due to ''concerns'' & the HSE disregards both that & the Cass Report from which those concerns are clearly outlined.
It is astonishing that the HSE are prepared to continue sending vulnerable children to that clinic.
They seem to be very fond paying out compensation.
It's ridiculous Hank. They are taking something that is transient ie. feelings, emotions, your sense of identity etc... and using it to alter, sometimes irreversibly, a person's biologically given state. That would be bad enough to do to vulnerable adults but to start down that path with young people who are going through the the most significant emotional developmental stage of their lives, when confusion, lack of confidence, misunderstanding are often at their most extreme and indeed transient is nothing short of abuse.
I have zero doubt we will look back in time to come on puberty blockers and gasp in disbelief and the very notion of something like that being given to a teenager. It is ludicrous.
She's a brilliant journalist, I'm amazed she hasn't been cancelled, I'm not hearing this issue being discussed much elsewhere on Irish media.
Mark Tighe was journalist of the year 2 years ago I think. He's not exactly lacking credibilty. He broke the Tavistock story last Sunday and it hasn't been touched by other Irish media. Theyre a disgusting cowardly bunch whose journalistic integrity only goes as far as covering stories that are on message.
This place is being shut down as the care its giving to kids is substandard.
Some HSE official went on Morning Ireland and brazenly said Irish children were going to continue to be referred here.
As O'Hanlon said were this an institution ran by the church this would run for months. It was front page of the Indo and Brendan O'Connors radio show didn't even mention it. This preteen transition stuff is doing massive damage to young kids and our media are mostly gone ostrich as they're more interested in being seen as right on.
The media are terrified of incurring the wrath of Panti Bliss and his twitter mob.
Any attempt to put a halt to this gender stuff will be labelled as a return to Catholic domination etc, yet it's not them who are calling this out.
It's nothing to do with religion, it's about protecting children from potentially lifelong harm.