Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (951, 952)

Carol Nolan

Question:

951. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health if the HSE gender identity development services have taken note of the Tavistock judgment in the United Kingdom particularly with respect to the finding that children under 16 years of age considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be sufficiently mature enough to provide informed consent to be prescribed puberty-blocking drugs and medication; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8880/21]

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Carol Nolan

Question:

952. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health if he will establish the position of the HSE with respect to the reversibility of hormone suppressants and puberty-blocking medication for children under 16 years of age considering gender reassignment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8881/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 951 and 952 together.

The issues raised by the Deputy relate to services matters. I have asked the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy on the matter.