UK: Increase in the number of NHS-funded SRS procedures

April 22, 2010

Homer Simpson: “Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that.”

Via The Daily Telegraph (and others) comes another masterpiece of “journalistic” misgendering, in the guise of transphobic scare-mongering fact-finding.

It seems that since 2000, there have been 853 surgeries carried out on trans women. In 2000, there were 54, while last year there were 143. Fewer than 9 surgeries a year, on average.

In the same time span, there have been only 12 surgeries carried out on trans men.

The average age of the trans women works out as 42; no figures are given for trans men. There’s only been one surgery carried out on a trans woman under 21 years, and that was in 2002.

The newspaper quotes a figure of £10 000 as being the typical cost of SRS (presumably for trans women); but it’s not clear whether that is the current cost, or an average over the decade. Either way, at an average of 85 per annum, that’s a yearly figure of around £853 000.

The report provides no information about the comparative cost of other surgeries carried out by the NHS. For example, how much is spent patching up military employees who’ve been turned into dogmeat fighting some random war in another country; or people who’ve smashed up themselves (and others) whilst drunk-driving.

Neither is any information given about the number of people who may have been diagnosed as transsexual but who don’t transition through to surgery; or how many are still in the system awaiting surgery. And, of course, there’s nothing about transsexual people who undergo their surgery outside the NHS (for whatever reason) because, guess what, there’s no national record kept.

Context: Look it up, it’s in the dictionary.


ETA: In 2008, the population of the UK was estimated to be 61,383,000 (via Wikipedia). For argument’s sake, let me assume that figure stayed much the same through 2009, when 143 surgeries were carried out. A quick calculation would suggest that the percentage of the population who underwent SRS on the NHS is around 0.0002% (Via).


2 Responses to “UK: Increase in the number of NHS-funded SRS procedures”

  1. Astrid Says:

    Oh, you’re sooo expensive! I’ve always wondered what the average cis, straight, non-disabled, white, middle class male costs, but it’s probably politically incorrect to ask.

  2. Helen G Says:

    Heh :)

    I’m sure they’re worth every single penny…

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