Donnelly responded “I do not think that dig is fair,” and stated that he is “happy” to meet stakeholders and had previously met with TENI.
He stated “I am committed to the development of a model of care that delivers proper services for this group of people. It is a very small and very vulnerable group of people and they need to have access to proper, appropriate and integrated care, including acute care and community care.”
“Quite frankly, as we all know, they do not have access to that in Ireland right now and I am not satisfied with that.”
He stated that the pace of advancing transgender healthcare was not satisfactory to him, and said there has been a “hold-up” in appointing a psychiatrist to deliver a new model of care.
“The HSE is going to consult widely with stakeholders, including TENI and others, in the development of the new model of care. The HSE is working to identify new pathways. As we know, the Tavistock centre has now been decommissioned and the UK health authorities have opened different centres on the back of the Cass report. Ultimately, we need those services available to people in Ireland and that is the objective.”