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Sex change rushed

17th October 2006

One of the leading experts on gender identity disorder is facing allegations of rushing patients into sex change operations.

Consultant psychiatrist Doctor Russell Reid, a former NHS doctor who worked in private practice in London, is facing charges relating to five patients at a hearing of the General Medical Council.

The 63-year-old from west London is accused of jeopardising the safety of his patients by prescribing irreversible hormones to help change their gender without appropriate assessments or physical checks.

The panel heard that Dr Reid worked at the gender identity clinic of Charing Cross Hospital in west London from 1982 to 1990 before establishing a private practice specialising in transsexualism.

The gender identity clinic at Charing Cross Hospital is the oldest and largest in the world handling 500 cases a year.

The complainants in this case are four psychiatrists who work at the Charing Cross Hospital gender identity clinics, the fifth complainant was a patient.

Dr Reid has denied inappropriate behaviour towards the patients and he has also denied acting contrary to guidance given in the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association standards of care. He has further denied a charge of serious professional misconduct in relation to the patients.

The hearing continues.


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