Time and time again the issue of Gender Confirming Surgeries being Elective procedures raises it's ugly head, there seems to be some kind of confusion as to what elective Surgery actually means ...
NCEPOD has 4 classifications for types of surgery
IMMEDIATE – Immediate life, limb or organ-saving intervention – resuscitation simultaneous with intervention. Normally within minutes of decision to operate.
Other e.g. limb or organ saving
URGENT – Intervention for acute onset or clinical deterioration of potentially life-threatening conditions, for those conditions that may threaten the survival of limb or organ, for fixation of many fractures and for relief of pain or other distressing symptoms. Normally within hours of decision to operate.
EXPEDITED – Patient requiring early treatment where the condition is not an immediate threat to life, limb or organ survival. Normally within days of decision to operate.
ELECTIVE – Intervention planned or booked in advance of routine admission to hospital. Timing to suit patient, hospital and staff.
From this you can see that GCS is only ever going to an Elective procedure - there's a a tiny argument that an 'Urgent' intervention to salvage tissue might be required if someone attempts a bit of the old Self Surgery...
Elective surgery DOES NOT mean 'Unnecessary'
Elective surgery DOES NOT mean 'Cosmetic'
Elective Surgery does not mean 'Optional'
all those who spend their time whining that their elective surgery is classed as ellective are doing is demonstrating that they are as equallity wilfully ignorant as those who oppose the treatment of Gender Incongruence as a medicla condition
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