Sex swap Britain: Transgender operations skyrocket by 3000%

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.

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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.”

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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.

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Dr Leighton Seal, a consultant at the Charing Cross Clinic said the increase could be down to increased acceptance in society.