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Transsexuality

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time between a patient being accepted for NHS gender reassignment surgery and completion of the operation was in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the latest period for which figures are available; (244893)

(2) how many people are waiting for NHS gender reassignment surgery in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency;

(3) how many people have unsuccessfully applied for NHS gender reassignment surgery in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last five years.

This information is not collected centrally. The Department's guidance for general practitioners and other professionals on the care of gender variant people, was published in May 2008.