Highlands and Islands MSP seeks assurances over gender indentity clinics

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick, pictured, said all Gender Identity Cinics in Scotland are currently based in cities. NO F25 Emma Roddick MSP
Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick, pictured, said all Gender Identity Cinics in Scotland are currently based in cities. NO F25 Emma Roddick MSP

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SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Emma Roddick took the opportunity recently to seek reassurances around healthcare provision for LGBTQIA+ people living in rural and island communities in her region.

Last week the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee continued its stage one inquiry into the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill and was joined, in its second expert panel of the meeting, by David Parker, lead clinician at the National Gender Identity Clinical Network for Scotland.

Ms Roddick questioned him on the location of clinics and asked whether processes were in place to support patients in rural and island locations.

Ms Roddick said: ‘I’m very aware, as a Highlands and Islands representative, of the fact that all Gender Identity Cinics in Scotland are currently based in cities.

‘I was glad to have the opportunity to question David Parker on this matter, and to hear from him that the Highlands once again is leading in sharing best practice around remote services which will mean a lot to my LGBTQI+ constituents in rural and island locations.’