To cut to the chase:
NHS South Central has confirmed that Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) does not routinely fund surgery for the treatment of gender dysphoria. Currently, its policy is to fund this surgery only in exceptional circumstances.
In other words, if you’re transitioning in Oxfordshire and were hoping for the PCT to fund your surgery, forget it – there’ll be no change as a result of this petition.
…Even though it raised in excess of 1000 signatures, including most of the Charing Cross GIC team.
…Even though the ‘Oxford Four’ met with the PCT’s Chief Executive and members of the Priorities Forum.
…Even though the campaign received a fair amount of generally favourable press coverage.
…And even though it was discussed at a meeting of the Parliamentary Forum on Transsexualism.
I’m sad for those affected by this inhumane decision, and my level of anger with those faceless bureaucrats that wield this level of power over the lives and health of my trans siblings has just ramped up another notch.
Previous related posts:
- Update on the petition to protest Oxfordshire PCT’s refusal to fund core surgical procedures (March 23, 2009)
- Petition to protest Oxfordshire PCT’s refusal to fund core surgical procedures (March 10, 2009)