Its time. The Richard Curtis case illustrates perfectly the institutional transphobia in both the medical community and the press.
It is time for those who are sick of the way in which the trans community is being, has been treated by those two institutions made a mark of their own.
Take some time
Have you ever been abused, verbally or otherwise, by your GP? Mistreated? Humiliated? Embarrassed? Then take the time.. . to make it formal and put that complaint in writing – to the General Medical Council.
Do, by all means, go for it off your own bat if that is what you wish to do. Otherwise, join the campaign to give the GMC its best Valentine ever, by adding your complaint to the complaints of others arriving on 14 February 2013.
Here’s what you do.
The basic grounds for complaining are laid out helpfully on the GMC’ssite. These include:
– failure to examine a patient properly
– failure to respond reasonably to a patiet’s needs
– serious breaches of a patient’s confidentiality
You can download a complaint form.
Then either fill it in and return it directly. Or if enough folk are interested and get in touch, then we will pop round to the GMC en masse on 14 February to hand them in.
A note of caution: the focus for this action is GP’s: by all means take up specific complaints you may have about other aspects of the Gender service should you so wish. But for now, the point being underlined is in relation to how well the trans community is treated by GP’s – and how lop-sided the response of the medical establishment is to that treatment.