The Welsh Liberal Democrats have condemned further delays to the opening of Wales’ first Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) in Cardiff.
The clinic failed to open in April as planned, with a new expected opening date to be announced shortly.
Health bodies including BMA Cymru Wales and RCGP Wales have alongside LGBT+ organisations, campaigned for a Wales GIC and criticised delays to the clinic’s opening.
The Welsh Lib Dems were the first party to call for a GIC in Wales as part of their Assembly debate on transgender issues in November 2014, the first ever time trans issues were discussed at length by the Assembly.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds commented:
It’s deeply disappointing Wales’ first Gender Identity Clinic faces yet more delays before it opens. This is the latest concerning development for a project that has faced criticism from experts and should have been delivered long ago.
Serious questions must be asked why the Wales Gender Identity Clinic has yet to open, two years after it was announced by the Welsh Government and five years after we first called for it.
Every day the Wales Gender Identity Clinic is delayed places unacceptable strain on our Trans brothers and sisters; a community that already faces appalling discrimination. The Welsh Government must ensure the GIC opens urgently so trans individuals have access to vital services as close to home as possible.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are rightly proud of our record on transgender issues and we will not stop until Wales gets the quality Gender Identity Clinic it needs.