When I saw the news on this originally I thought it was a terrible thing the way it was pushed. Forty years for a waiting list seemed awful, and then I saw minute details that it was in fact a really small subset of people, and even then it wasn’t a disease or illness or anything other than a voluntary option for surgery.
While I can understand that the 88 people who want to superficially change their sex (they aren’t really changing their sex just the appearance on the outside) feel this is really important, there are only so many ways the health dollar can be rationed and so the system allocates resources to those most in need. People in pain, people with aggressive but curable diseases, emergencies and the like.
The reality is 88 transgender people are waiting because there are better and more urgent priorities in the health sector. They are waiting because they want the “job” done and paid for by the taxpayer. If it was so important for them they’d save the cash and go get it done privately or offshore. I don’t care about the costs and how they are out of reach for most people. Boo hoo, the price along with the waiting list is another method of making sure these people are really dead set serious about a nip and a tuck or a permanent strap-on.
The fact that Young Labour thinks this is a serious and important issue shows you how out of touch with reality the nutcases of Young Labour are. However, when your party is desperately seeking relevance and the missing million 88 more bludgers with their hands out is a bonus for the party, I guess.