In all the debate about whether or not changing gender should be made easier, the question of how to treat transgender prisoners has emerged as one of the most important ones. It is an issue that refuses to go away as it concerns public safety. This is despite the fact that changing gender still requires undergoing medical checks. Yet again here is an example of a government department or public body pre-empting the outcome of the consultation on the Gender Recognition Act by enacting a policy whereby people assume the right to identity as the opposite gender without having undergone medical checks.
NHS England has today published an Interim Gender Protocol for the purpose of addressing the significant variations in equity of access currently experienced by patients using gender identity services across England. The protocol aims to achieve national consistency in the commissioning of these services, and is the culmination of extensive work to adapt the NHS Scotland protocol, ensuring that it meets the needs of patients; provides for the safe delivery of services, and reflects NHS England structures. The document, which has been the subject of extensive engagement with patients and carers, has been introduced primarily to allow time to develop, and publicly consult on, a new NHS England policy and service specification which will be developed through the Gender Identity Services Clinical Reference Group CRG. It should be used and read in conjunction with the UK Intercollegiate Good Practice Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of Adults with Gender Dysphoria and is cross-referenced to its relevant sections. Issues not covered in this document should be managed in accordance with the UK Intercollegiate Good Practice Guidelines. It was remarked that I was an exceedingly good patient who fulfilled all her obligations and adjusted to female role well.
Dr Jones chaired this Forum until she retired from politics in The Forum includes representatives of trans groups, medical, legal and human rights specialists, and representatives of the police and other services. Dr Jones supported the cause of trans people by raising transgender issues in the House of Commons, writing letters to Ministers, medical practitioners and those commissioning treatments. She supported the cause of better legal protection for trans people and worked towards the passage of the Gender Recognition Act in Under her auspices, the Forum published its own Guidance for Health Organisations commissioning treatment services for trans people.
She studied Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham , eventually gaining her Ph. She worked in research at the University of Birmingham from — She was a housing association manager from — She joined the Labour Party in