Female-to-male transgender surgery is to be offered for free by a new in-house NHS medical service, it can be revealed.
A leading London hospital has been signed up by NHS England to provide ‘masculinising surgical treatment’ to transgender patients born as women, some still teenagers, who believe they are living ‘in the wrong body’.
The type of operations, costing thousands of pounds each, are expected to include the creation of male genitalia, and the removal of wombs and ovaries.
A job advert for a co-ordinator of the ‘gender affirming’ service to be opened by the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital states: ‘There are currently no NHS providers for this nationally. This is a unique opportunity to deliver life-changing benefits to patients.’
It promises to offer transgender patients older than 17 a ‘choice’ of operation date at a time best for them. An outcry has followed the announcement of the new service, publicly funded by the NHS which has a backlog of six million patients and waiting times stretching into 2024.