GP who gave kids as young as TWELVE puberty blockers at unlicensed clinic accused of poor care to three child patients

A DOCTOR who gave sex-change hormones to kids as young as 12 at her unlicensed transgender clinic is accused of failing to provide proper care to three child patients.

Dr Helen Webberley, who founded online clinic GenderGP with her husband Dr Michael Webberley, is also accused of giving patients inappropriate prescriptions.

Webberley, who is currently barred from practising, appeared via videolink at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) hearing in Manchester today.

She faces 29 charges by the General Medical Council (GMC), includingfailure to provide good clinical care to three child patients before prescribing testosterone treatment and, in one case, puberty blocker treatment GnHRA, in 2016.

It is alleged she prescribed testosterone to one of the children, referred to as patient A, when it was not appropriate for use in someone of that age.

She is also alleged to have failed to obtain adequate medical histories and arrange adequate examinations before making the prescriptions.

With all three patients, she failed to follow professional guidelines.

She therefore either knew, or ought to have known, she was acting outside of the limits of her competence as a GP, according to the charges.

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Dr Webberley, from Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, Wales, is described as the "principal provider" of the Gender GP website.

The GMC said the site offered hormonal treatment to kids without referencing the input of any accredited paediatric specialist or a safeguarding policy.

And the charges against Dr Webberley state that the online clinic is "motivated by efforts to avoid the regulatory framework of the United Kingdom".

They also accuse Webberley of lying about being a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

In 2018, Webberley was fined £12,000 for running a medical agency without being registered.

Mid Wales Magistrates court heard she gave hormones to children as young as 12 after they were denied treatment on the NHS.

A judge said there was a "clear refusal to follow the law" while regulator Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) said she posed a risk to patient safety.

Webberley admitted charges relating to her conviction in 2018 and admitted submitting inaccurate information to the Interim Orders Tribunal which stated she had been a member of the Royal College of Practitioners (RCGP) since 1996.

Ian Stern QC, representing Dr Webberley, said she did not admit any of the other charges.

Simon Jackson QC, representing the GMC, said Webberley had set herself up as an online GP with a "special interest" in medical care for transgender patients on a private basis.

He said the current tribunal was not about the approach of doctors providing hormonal treatments to transgender patients but was focused on whether Dr Webberley was competent and experienced enough.

It comes after a landmark High Court court ruling last year heard that kids under the age of 16 considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent to be prescribed puberty-blocking drugs.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS trust, which runs NHS England's only gender identity development service for kids, is currently challenging the ruling.

Mr Jackson is due to continue opening the GMC's case on Wednesday.

The tribunal is expected to last until October 15.

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