Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Ceisteanna (800)

Seán Haughey

Ceist:

800. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health if he will meet with representatives of a campaign (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there are three endocrinologists here which is deemed unsatisfactory by the campaign; if he will dispense with the psychiatric model by which a diagnosis for transgender persons before treatment is required; if he will introduce a general practitioner led service instead; if trans-identity will not be treated as a mental health and or behavioural disorder; his plans to ensure that the treatment abroad scheme can be utilised by transgender persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19113/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I met with representatives of the campaign to which the Deputy refers on 25 April.

The meeting discussed transgender healthcare services, including waiting times to access the services. Feedback from the HSE on the issues raised by the group has been sought. A follow-up meeting with the group will be arranged in due course.

I am committed to providing a quality healthcare service for transgender persons in line with best international practice.