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The PDA LGBT+ Network publish statement on Gender Affirming Care

The PDA LGBT+ Network is committed to examining healthcare issues affecting LGBT+ people, in addition to issues affecting LGBT+ pharmacists, and campaigning on issues important to the network.

Mon 10th April 2023 The PDA

PDA LGBT+ Network members have put together a statement that expresses the position of the network with regards to gender-affirming care for transgender people. This statement applies the PDA’s ‘Wider Than Medicines’ roadmap to gender-affirming care, in pursuit of an integrated healthcare system that ensures that transgender people receive safe and effective pharmaceutical care.

The network believes that pharmacists, regardless of the sector they are employed in, have a key role in improving the care of transgender people and that carrying out the recommendations in the statement will better support pharmacists to care for their transgender patients. This will also help to alleviate the health inequalities faced by transgender people.

Scott Rutherford, President of the PDA LGBT+ Network said, “I am pleased to finally publish the statement to make our commitment to improving the quality of care received by trans people clear. This is the foundation of our future work on gender-affirming care, and we aim to use the statement as a blueprint and a springboard for this work.”

Summary of recommendations:

  • For guidance regarding gender-affirming care to be published publicly
  • For the education and training of pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals
  • For additional funding for research into gender-affirming care
  • For additional funding for new and existing gender identity services
  • For gender-affirming care to be a multidisciplinary alliance across primary, secondary, and tertiary care
  • For the government to legislate for a ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ for all LGBT+ people, including trans people.


thumbnail of LGBT+ Network Gender Affirming Care statement

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