Date lodged: 18 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether the NHS has targets for the time taken between initial appointment and full transitioning for people who wish to gender transition and, if so, what these are.
Answered by: Shona Robison 1 February 2017
There are no specific targets from initial referral to treatment for gender transition. This is because patients accessing these services are likely to undertake psychological therapy and significant counselling as part of their treatment. The amount of therapy or counselling required will be based on the needs of each patient. We expect boards to ensure that patients accessing gender reassignment services are seen as quickly as possible.