LONDON (ChurchMilitant.com) - England's National Health Service (NHS) has been carelessly diagnosing and providing experimental treatments to children as young as 3, according to five former clinicians who have recently quit as a result.
The former NHS clinicians told The Times that the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) — which has its main bases in London and Leeds — was carelessly diagnosing children with gender dysphoria and making them feel pressured to prescribe dangerous hormones that halt puberty.
All five former clinicians alleged that they were part of a team that decided whether children would receive these harmful and irreversible treatments.
One of the former GIDS clinicians said, "This experimental treatment is being done on not only children, but very vulnerable children."
Some stayed at the clinic for some time before quitting because they were apparently trying to protect the children.
"I felt for the last two years what kept me in the job was the sense there was a huge number of children in danger," said one of the former staffers. "I was there to protect children from being damaged."
They also claimed that many children were diagnosed with gender dysphoria when they were probably gay and victims of homophobic bullying.
The number of child referrals to the GIDS clinics has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. In 2010, 94 children were referred to the GIDS clinics in London and Leeds. Last year, the clinic received 2,519 referrals.
The (NHS) is a non-departmental body of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). GIDS is commissioned by the NHS and operates according to NHS service specifications "for children and adolescents up to their 18th birthday."
"The service [GIDS] is commissioned to provide specialist assessment, consultation and care for children and young people, including psychological support and physical treatments, to help reduce the distressing feelings of a mismatch between their natal (assigned) sex and their gender identity," according to the NHS service specifications.
In February, one of the governors of The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Marcus Evans, quit, claiming that management had an exaggerated belief in the expertise of GIDS.
"There is pressure from the child who is in a distressed state, there is pressure from the family and the peer group and from the pro-trans lobbies — and all of this puts pressure on the clinician who may want to help the individual to resolve their distressed state by going along with a quick solution," said Evans.
At least 18 staff members have quit working at the GIDS clinics due to careless diagnoses and harmful treatments.
In addition to these questionable NHS practices, Christian Today notes that the government has recently been accused of being "obsessed with trying to force ever younger children to learn sex and relationships."
The government of the United Kingdom currently has draft sex-education regulations that, if passed, would require primary school children to learn different forms of family and secondary age school children to learn sexual orientation and gender identity while limiting the ability of parents to withdraw their children over the age of 15.
The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 was approved by the House of Commons on March 27 by 538 votes to 21. It is scheduled for a chamber debate in the House of Lords on April 24.
The draft regulations state that lessons should have "regard to the age and the religious background of the pupils" and that schools discuss the contents with parents.
However, though parents will be able to withdraw their children under the age of 15 automatically, they can be overridden by the headteacher if their child is older than 15.
Sir Edward Leigh, a member of Parliament since 1983, said, "All previous Conservative Governments have given an untrammeled right to parents to remove their children from sex education."
"But here in certain circumstances that right has been transferred to the headteacher. A fundamental shift of power to the state," he concluded.
Church Militant reached out to the United Kingdom's Christian Institute for comment but received no response as of press time.