Monday 19 August 2019

HSE to develop a service for people with gender issues

Health Minister Simon Harris met with some of the group at a meeting on May 30. Photo: Aoife Moore/PA
Health Minister Simon Harris met with some of the group at a meeting on May 30. Photo: Aoife Moore/PA

Louise Walsh

The HSE has established a steering committee to develop an integrated service for those with gender identity issues.

The new group, which includes Noah Halpin of the This Is Me - Transgender Healthcare Campaign, will have its first meeting on July 4.

The time-limited committee is chaired by Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain, the HSE's clinical lead in mental health, and also consists of various experts in the area, representatives from paediatric services, adult endocrinology and psychiatry services, advocacy groups and service users.

Health Minister Simon Harris met with some of the group at a meeting on May 30, which was attended by internationally renowned gender confirmation surgeon Dr Sidhbh Gallagher, who offered her services for procedures in Ireland.

In a statement, the HSE said: "The committee was established with the specific purpose of developing seamless and integrated services for those persons who present to the Irish health service with gender identity issues."

Irish Independent

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