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(Telegraph) - The NHS must "be prepared" for nearly two million Britons to question their gender in coming years, a health boss has said.
James Palmer, the medical director for specialised services at NHS England, said in the future he expected up to three per cent of the population would make contact with transgender health services at some point in their lives.
Speaking at a conference on Monday Mr Palmer said that the expansion and improvement of NHS services could cause the growth in demand to "accelerate".
"We've got to be prepared to start thinking about designing a healthcare service that will allow somewhere around one to three per cent of the population at some point in their lives having a discussion about their gender," he said.
Based on current population estimates, this would mean 1.97m people in the UK using gender identity services, with around 1.6m of these living in England.
He told the audience that "referrals to adult services have increased by 240 per cent over the last five year period.
"There are currently 7,500 adults waiting for an appointment with our services. No other specialist service has seen this growth, anywhere near. As a result there is absolutely not sufficient capacity in the system," he warned.
owever Mr Palmer, a former consultant neurosurgeon, also said he believed the growth was "a good thing".
"It's got to be a good thing is that there are people out there that want to explore their gender. The fact that it's in the younger age group has got to be a good thing.
"For a young adult, to be able to come forward, to seek that expertise, earlier [rather] than much much later in life, that's got to be a good thing," he said.
Experts also told the audience at the Westminster Social Policy Forum event, titled "Next steps for transgender equality - inclusion, rights and services", that the age profile of people approaching services was getting younger.
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