Hey everyone. Sorry I haven't been on recently. I'm still suffering from extreme fatigue, and have to save mental/physical energy in every area of my life. This issue, however, is one that is worth the expenditure.
In brief, a friend of a friend is being treated badly by the Oxfordshire health authorities. She is being refused funding for gender reassignment surgery on the grounds that she apparently doesn't need it enough.
Gender reassignment, in the UK, is mediated through specialist clinics. For the south of England, the specialist clinic is at Charing Cross Hospital in London. In order for Charing Cross to put you forward for surgery, you have to demonstrate that you are functioning day-to-day, living in your target gender.
In order to get funding out of Oxfordshire PCT, you have to demonstrate "extreme need" - and pretty much the only way to do this is to be so depressed as to be at risk of suicide. A state of mental health which then makes you ineligible for treatment by Charing Cross.
Essentially, Oxfordshire PCT will only fund your gender reassignment when your condition, through non-treatment, has made you too ill to undergo surgery.
The woman in question is collecting signatures for a government petition to change the NHS' policy. The petition is here
and you can read more about it here
. Thank you for your time.
I realise that not everyone here will agree with this, and normally I would welcome debate over the subject, but unfortunately I am too tired at the moment to respond to it. When I get better, though, I will be more than willing.