In future, individuals who want to change gender are expected to simply make a statutory declaration that they intend to live in the sex they have transitioned to until death.Last night Mary Douglas, a spokeswoman for Grassroots Conservatives campaign group, said: ‘Adolescence is the age when you’re in a turmoil because you’re trying to work out who you are and gender is a big part of that.‘So to introduce such powerful medication into that is unwise.‘This drastic notion that we should change our gender should be a last resort.
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Teenager Llyr Jones has been taking puberty-blocking drugs for the past six months.
The 17-year-old told how she was desperate to be prescribed the injections to end the agony she was going through as her body began to change into that of an adult man.
More than 800 children in England – some as young as ten – are being given controversial drugs to help them change gender.
The NHS treatment, which halts the onset of adulthood, is aimed at young people who believe they are trapped in the wrong body.
Llyr, from Aberystwyth in Mid-Wales, said if the physical transformations that came with puberty had been allowed to continue, she would have been pushed to take her own life.‘In all honesty, if I hadn’t been allowed to be on the blockers and start my transition, I’m sure I wouldn’t be here now,’ she said.‘The worst thing was starting to grow body hair.
It felt like something was happening that wasn’t me – I was so uncomfortable.‘Some days were worse than others when I would catch a glimpse of my body in the mirror and I’d collapse on the bathroom floor for hours, frozen with distress.’Llyr, who was born male, started living as a girl when she was 15 years old.
Other costs at the trust include 21 agency doctors paid in excess of £1,000 per shift during 2013.