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Child of 12 got hor­mones at GP’s il­le­gal trans ser­vice

- By Claire Duf­fin Crime · Society · England · Monmouthshire · Abergavenny · Care Quality Commission · National Assembly for Wales · Merthyr Tydfil

A DOC­TOR who gave sex­change hor­mones to chil­dren as young as 12 has been fined £12,000 for run­ning an il­le­gal clinic from her home.

Dr He­len Web­ber­ley, 49, charged be­tween £75 and £150 an hour to pa­tients who wanted to change sex and gave hor­mones to chil­dren af­ter they were de­nied treat­ment on the NHS.

She was re­fused a li­cence for her clinic by the med­i­cal ser­vices watch­dog Health­care In­spec­torate Wales (HIW) last year and pros­e­cuted when she con­tin­ued to op­er­ate.

Yes­ter­day she was fined £12,000 and or­dered to pay £11,307 costs. Her com­pany On­line GP Ser­vices was also fined £2,000 af­ter she was con­victed last month of op­er­at­ing with­out a li­cence be­tween March 2017 and Fe­bru­ary this year.

She said she was ‘stunned’ at the de­ci­sion and would ap­peal, and planned to move her ser­vices to Eng­land. But yes­ter­day the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil con­firmed that Web­ber­ley has been sus­pended pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The doc­tor, who ran a web­site called Gen­der GP, pre­vi­ously told how she had given cross- sex hor­mone treat­ment to one 12-year-old and three 15year-olds, de­spite NHS guide­lines that they should only be given to those aged about 16 or over.

A court heard the cross-sex hor­mone treat­ment causes per­ma­nent body changes and com­pro­mises fer­til­ity.

On a web­site in her name, Web­ber­ley said: ‘You are never too young or never too old to get help and sup­port.’ She in­sisted she was in­no­cent and that shut­ting her ser­vice risked pa­tients com­ing to harm, Merthyr Tyd­fil Mag­is­trates’ Court heard.

But District Judge Neil Thomas ruled that Web­ber­ley and her com­pany broke the Care Stan­dards Act. He said: ‘There seems to be a clear re­fusal to fol­low the law.’ Rus­sell Davies, de­fend­ing, said Web­ber­ley set up her Gen­der GP web­site af­ter a ‘ snow­balling’ of in­ter­est in trans­gen­der treat­ment.

He added she con­tin­ued to run the com­pany de­spite be­ing or­dered to cease her prac­tice be­cause she did not want to risk stop­ping pa­tients’ treat­ments. Af­ter the hear­ing Web­ber­ley, from Aber­gavenny, Mon­mouthshire, said she had moved her on­line gen­der ser­vice from Wales to Eng­land and had writ­ten to the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion, the equiv­a­lent of the HIW, but is yet to be reg­is­tered.

The CQC said: ‘ We are look­ing at this ser­vice through our un­reg­is­tered provider process to es­tab­lish if reg­u­lated ac­tiv­i­ties are be­ing car­ried out by this ser­vice and if so, what ac­tion CQC needs to take.’

 ??  ?? Fined: Dr He­len Web­ber­ley out­side court yes­ter­day
Fined: Dr He­len Web­ber­ley out­side court yes­ter­day

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