Now a probe has been ordered by the Cabinet Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt. New official figures reveal the number of children referred for gender “transitioning” treatment – including hormone injections – has risen from 97 in 2009/10 to 2,519 in 2017/18.
The biggest increase has come among girls with numbers up from 40 to 1,806 – a rise of 4,415 per cent – compared with 57 to 713 for boys.
Forty-five of the children involved were under six.
A source in the Government Equalities Office said at the weekend: “There has been a substantial increase in the number of individuals assigned female at birth being referred to the NHS.
“There is evidence that this trend is happening in other countries as well. Little is known, however, about why this is and what are the long-term impacts.”
Another source said: “Is it, to put it crudely, that young girls simply think modern life would be easier to bear if they were boys?”
The issue of making it easier for children and teenagers to transition has come as the Government considers plants reform the Gender Recognition Act.
This will allow people to self-identify as a sex different to the one they were identified at birth.