HC Deb 26 February 2003 vol 400 cc616-7W
Lynne Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent information he has collated on waiting lists for gender reassignment surgery; [93435]

(2) how many tertiary level consultants and sessions were devoted to (a) male to female psychiatric assessment, (b) female to male psychiatric assessment, (c) male to female gender confirmation surgery and (d) female to male gender confirmation surgery, in respect of each specialist centre providing medical treatment of gender dysphoria, including transsexualism, within the national health service, in the most recent week for which figures are available and in the same week in each of the previous three years; how many patients there were to whom treatment was provided in each category listed above during the preceding 12 months; and how many patients were on the waiting list for each category of such treatment; [93721]

(3) if he will list the locations of providers of gender reassignment surgery that have done NHS commissioned work in each of the last five years; and how many FTE staff, broken down by category, worked at each facility in each year. [93436]

Mr. Hutton

Gender reassignment surgery consists of a series of different surgical procedures, for example, female to male gender reassignment may require a mastectomy and a hysterectomy and a series of operations to construct a phallus. The Department collects Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) from national health service trusts on operations specifically for sexual transformation, but those procedures such as mastectomies or hysterectomies are collected separately and it is not possible to identify if these were carried out as part of a gender reassignment operation. Details of the NHS trusts who have undertaken any operations for sexual transformation in the past five years are listed in the table.

The HES data shows that 89 operations were undertaken for male to female gender reassignment surgery in 2001-02. No operations for female to male gender reassignment were recorded during this period.

Information on the numbers of psychiatric assessments undertaken for gender dysphoria are currently not collected centrally. The mental health minimum dataset will collect data for the first time on psychiatric assessments from April 2003.

Information on waiting lists and the number of full time equivalent staff and sessions per week devoted to treating patients with gender dysphoria and those working in gender dysphoria clinics is not collected centrally.

Trusts that undertake gender reassignment operations 1997–98 to 2001–02
1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02
The Freeman Group of Hospitals NHS Trust 1
The Royal Victoria Infirmary NHS Trust 1
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital NHS Trust 1 1 1 1
United Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust 1
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 1 1 1 1
North Manchester Healthcare NHS 1
Central Manchester and Manchester University NHS Trust 1
Leicester General Hospital NHS 1
University Hospitals of Leicestershire NHS Trust 1
Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Trust 1
The Hammersmith Hospitals NHS 1 1 1 1
University College London Hospital NHS Trust 1 1 1 1 1
East Somerset NHS Trust 1
The United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust 1 1 1 1
St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust 1
Liverpool Womens Hospital NHS 1 1
Addenbrooke's NHS Trust 1 1 1 1
Brighton Health Care NHS Trust 1
Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust 1 1 1
Pilgrim Health NHS Trust 1
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS 1 1 1
Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS 1
Mid Sussex NHS Trust 1 1
Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospital NHS Trust 1 1
University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust 1
Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust 1 1
East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust 1
1 Denotes a trust who have at least one recorded case for the given year.


A null value has been given where there has either been no cases for the given year or the trust did not exist.