Responding to the Women and Equalities Committee report, Reform of the Gender Recognition Act, Dr Zoe Greaves, BMA medical ethics committee chair, said:
“The BMA welcomes the recommendations of the Women and Equalities Committee regarding the Gender Recognition Act. It is imperative that the process is streamlined and de-medicalised to allow trans people to live their lives with dignity, as well as reducing pressure on an already overstretched NHS.
“Additionally, we welcome the call for a specific healthcare strategy for trans and non-binary people to ensure and improve their access to healthcare. We urge the Government to accept these proposals, including scrapping the need for a medical diagnosis plus a reduction in the fees to reduce the onerous burden on trans people to receive legal recognition of their gender identity.”
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