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A doctor who runs a gender clinic for trans children “competent to give treatment”

A medical tribunal found Dr Helen Webberley “competent” to treat trans youth, but it also found she failed to provide follow-up care. (YouTube/GenderGP/BBC)

A medical tribunal found a British doctor who ran an online clinic for trans youth was ‘competent to provide treatment’, but failed to provide follow-up care.

Dr Helen Webberley, founder of the Gender GP website, has been accused of breaching NHS guidelines by prescribing hormone therapy to young trans people and running the online clinic without a proper licence.

GenderGP has provided the trans community with a much-needed lifeline as waiting lists at NHS gender clinics continue to climb, with thousands of trans people wait years for much-needed treatment. The online health and wellness clinic provides private trans healthcare and covers everything from gender-affirming hormone treatment to blood tests.

Webberley was accused of failing to provide good clinical care to three trans patients – aged 11, 12 and 17 – in 2016. The allegations were made by the General Medical Council (GMC), which regulates doctors in the UK -United.

But a Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS) ruled that 83 of the allegations against Webberley were unproven, while 36 others were proven, BBC reported.

Webberley has denied the allegations against her. In a statement on the GenderGP website, Helen Webberley described the legal battle as a “Long and arduous journey” And it’s not finished yet”.

“The tribunal obviously very clearly considered all of the issues and its decisions will have tremendous benefits for the development of protocols, policies and educational materials for trans healthcare providers around the world,” Webberley said.

“I’m truly grateful for all the support I’ve received over the years and can’t wait to put this behind me and move on with my life.”

The MPTS concluded in a determination of the facts, which was downloaded per GenderGP, that Webberley was “qualified to provide treatment for transgender people and people with gender dysphoria”.

The tribunal began hearing evidence in July 2021 and believed that trans healthcare was an “evolving medical discipline at the material time” of the case. He added that the medical field is still “divided” when it comes to the “optimal approach” to caring for trans patients.

In fact, presiding judge Angus Macpherson described how Webberley was “considered to be at the forefront” of the “evolutionary” approach to trans healthcare. He also acknowledged that some people were “left in a state of despair” due to the “tremendous pressure” on the NHS Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS).

The MPTS found that Helen Webberley had a “special interest in gender dysphoria” and was “competent in recognizing that the anxiety and depression that Patient A” – a 12-year-old trans boy – experienced was “a reaction to profound sound and lifelong gender dysphoria”.

The court acknowledged that Patient A said it was “associated with the grim prospect of being suspended by the GIDS in a peripubertal state for approximately four and a half years while his twin sister and her peers progressed through puberty. “.

“As a result, Dr. Webberley prescribed testosterone,” the document read. “The court finds that Dr Webberley was not required to arrange for a further psychological evaluation to confirm the diagnosis of dysphoria already made.”

However, he found that Webberley failed to provide adequate follow-up care to Patient A after the 12-year-old’s mother emailed after her testosterone prescription ran out.

The court saw emails sent by the mother between August 2016 and February 2017. In one message, the mother said she had been “left without guidance, advice, support, orders or the ability to get tests done, nor even correspondence”.

In subsequent emails, she said her child had “violent episodes” and “suffered from chronic depression”, causing her to “burst into tears on several occasions”.

The MPTS said the correspondence showed that “Ms. A and Patient A” were experiencing deep “anguish” and that “Webberley did not provide follow-up care to Patient A with respect to psychosocial follow-up, or indeed physical monitoring and laboratory tests”.

“If she had instituted a review system from the start, she would not have been dependent on Patient A or her mother to order a review. If she was not going to arrange it herself, it was up to her to arrange for it to be provided by another,” the court wrote.

The MPTS also found Webberley failed to provide “adequate follow-up care to Patient B” because the doctor failed to arrange review visits after prescribing testosterone treatment for the 17-year-old.

He concluded that Webberley “did not keep an adequate record of Patient C’s care in that the entries in the records” were “infrequent” and were “unclear as to who made them”.

Dr. Helen Webberley was previously convicted of providing an unregistered online medical clinic after failing to register with Health Care Inspectorate Wales when GenderGP was operating between March 2017 and February 2018.

Webberley was heavily fined and GenderGP was also asked to pay £2,000.

The next court hearing in the Webberley case is scheduled to take place at early June.