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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22611: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 10 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve access to (a) breast augmentation, (b) facial feminisation surgery and (c) other treatments at gender identity clinics.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 22 May 2019

NHS National Services Scotland’s National Services Division (NSD) commission and manage National Managed Clinical Networks (NMCNs) in Scotland, which aim to foster improved standards and quality in healthcare.

These NMCNs include the National Gender Identity Clinical Network Scotland (NGICNS), a network of clinicians and others with an interest in the treatment and support offered to trans people and those distressed or concerned about their experience of their gender, including clarifying issues around access to surgery for trans people.

The NGICNS work with the Scottish Gender Reassignment Protocol and have requested that this be reviewed in light of a Scottish Public Health Network publication on the topic and changes to international standards due in 2020, and this request is now being taken forward.