Sex change doctor guilty of misconduct - Guardian
"The UK's best-known expert on transsexualism was today found guilty of serious professional misconduct for rushing five patients into sex-changing treatments, but avoided being struck off.
The General Medical Council ruled that Russell Reid, who retired last year, could only return to work under strict conditions imposed for the next 12 months that mean he can only work under strict supervision.
He must provide the GMC with a record of his treatments of any patients with gender identity disorders such as transsexualism every three months.
The disciplinary panel ruled that Dr Reid must no longer prescribe patients with sex-changing hormones at the first appointment, nor without a firm diagnosis that they are transsexual or a proper psychiatric assessment.
The panel determined that the consultant psychiatrist was too quick to provide patients with hormones and to refer them for genital surgery.
"The panel considers that the seriousness of your misconduct lies in your lack of caution in initiating hormonal and surgical gender reassignment treatment in these patients without more careful and through investigation and assessment," said John Shaw, the panel chairman.
"The panel therefore determined that your misconduct was serious, and that you are guilty of serious professional misconduct.""
Not much of a punishment, is it? The GMC can always be relied upon to exercise unwarranted leniency in dealing with negligent doctors...)o:
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