trans people facing three-year wait for first GIC appointment
The NHS says that the standard waiting time for a first appointment at a GIC after GP referral should be a maximum of 18 weeks. However, trans people in some parts of the country face a three-year wait for that first appointment. In May, it was revealed that, in Devon, patient numbers at Exeter's GIC had doubled and some had been on the waiting list for more than three years.
And experts warned a parliamentary committee in November 2018 that trans healthcare services were at breaking point. The UK Parliament's Women and Equalities Committee published submissions to an inquiry into LGBT healthcare, revealing the high level of concern about access to gender-related services. Trans people in the UK often have to resort to crowdfunding campaigns to fund their transitions, or use private trans healthcare providers to access medication.
One of the UK's most prominent online private trans health clinics, GenderGP, had to relocate to Spain earlier this year after two of its doctors were suspended pending investigation by the General Medical Council, leaving their trans patients facing an uncertain future.