TRANSGENDER clinics are struggling to cope as the number of people wanting sex swap operations has soared nearly 3,000% in 10 years.
Already 15,000 patients – 2,700 of them children – are being treated at 14 gender identity clinics.
But campaigners say this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Consultant psychiatrist James Barrett, of Charing Cross Hospital in London, said: “It obviously can’t continue like that forever because we’d be treating everyone in the country, but there isn’t any sign of that levelling off.”
Some patients have waited up to four years for a consultation.
Last year the NHS, headed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, pumped £4.4million of additional funding into England’s gender identity services in a bid to cut waiting times.
Dr Leighton Seal, a consultant at the Charing Cross Clinic said the increase could be down to increased acceptance in society.