Intersex children are being failed by a leading kids hospital, shocking new investigation claims
Intersex children are being failed in their treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), a new report has claimed.
According to the investigation by Dr Faye Kirkland for the BBC, in some cases there was a lack of proper discussion in advance of irreversible surgery being carried out.
There was also insufficient lack of face-to-face psychological care given to intersex children.
Additionally, information is not given to parents in a writing, so they can go home and properly absorb it prior to surgery, suggesting a lack of fully informed consent.
Furthermore, not all cases involving intersex children, also known as disorders of sexual development (DSD), were discussed at GOSH’s multidisciplinary team meetings
An NHS England spokesperson said: “Disorders of sexual development (DSD) are rare and complex, but it is right that children and their families should be appropriately involved in decisions about their care.”
The trust said that a specialist psychologist would start at thee hospital “in the coming weeks”.
It did not comment on the other matters raised by Dr Kirkland’s investigation.
A Great Ormond Street Hospital spokesperson told PinkNews: “The allegations levelled at Great Ormond Street Hospital by the BBC have not been substantiated to us. Moreover, their story focuses around a case study that is 28 years old and the treatment he received is not consistent with today’s practice.
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