Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething AM, recently announced that a new adult gender identity service is to be established in Wales to enable transgender people to access the care they need closer to home.
To coincide with Pride Cymru, the Health Secretary announced a significant step forward in healthcare for transgender people, with the establishment of specialist hospital-based services in Wales for the first time.
Improvements to community-based care will also be made, with a network of General Practitioners across Wales with a specialist interest in gender identity healthcare able to provide more care closer to people’s home, which will improve access and experience for people needing care.
When announcing the new service, Vaughan Gething said:
“Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in demand for transgender health services in Wales. As part of our commitment to improve health and wellbeing for all, this year we made additional funding available within the Welsh Government budget to improve gender identity provision in Wales.
“The new services I’m announcing…means all but the most specialist services will soon be delivered in Wales, closer to people’s homes, which will improve access and experience for people needing care. I look forward to seeing great improvements to those services.
“The All Wales Gender Identity Partnership Group has been actively involved in designing the new pathway and will continue to be involved in all future work. I want to thank them for the work to date and for their continued commitment and engagement in developing an improved service to meet the needs of transgender people in Wales.”
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