25 August 2017
The Wales Green Party welcome the news that a Gender Identity Clinic is set to open in Cardiff. Currently Welsh trans people have to travel up to five hours to get to the nearest Gender Identity Clinic in London.
Having a Gender Identity Clinic in Wales is not only extremely important but also a great step towards improving the waiting times trans individuals have while waiting for appointments at a Gender Identity Clinic. The general health needs of trans and nonbinary people are the same as everyone else’s. On top of this they may have specific health needs that relate to gender dysphoria, gender reassignment or confirmation. NHS recognises this and it is about time that action is taken to ensure the health of trans people is safeguarded in Wales.
Ash Jones, spokesperson for Welsh Green Pride (the LGBTIQA+ wing of Wales Green Party) said:
“It is amazing news to see a GIC opening in Wales. With waiting times sometimes exceeding one year, the capacity of the clinic in London is extremely stretched. This will not only take pressure of London but also the patients as we can now treat them closer to their homes.”
“With Pride Cymru taking place this weekend, the news of the new Gender Identity Clinic in Cardiff has given us yet another great reason to celebrate.”