Dr Richard Curtis is the lifeline for the many Trans people in the UK, especially those who have been continually let down by the NHS, due to government cuts, inappropriate treatment by NHS professionals ( http://www.gires.org.uk/assets/Medpro-Assets/trans_mh_study.pdf )
http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/research/trans_research_review_rep27.pdf and excessively long NHS waiting lists.
It has been alleged that Dr Curtis has breached the WPATH standards of care in a similar way that his predecessor Dr Russell Reid was reprimanded by the GMC several years ago by the same persons for supposedly breaching the earlier Harry Benjamin Standards. Whilst this is a disputable allegation, it's release to the press has led to very negative publicity about Dr Curtis’s practice methods and gross invasion of privacy regarding his past personal life by the UK Tabloid press.
The accusations also suggest that transsexualism is a mental illness, not a medical condition as it’s now accepted worldwide.
Trans people are self aware and are perfectly competent at making decisions about hormone treatment and gender re-assignment surgery for themselves when given
the correct information and support, backed up by a professional psychological assessment. They are like the rest of the population capable of taking responsibility for their own decisions. Medical practitioners, whether NHS or private, should not be held accountable for patients who have requested treatment of their own free will, met all the WPATH standards criteria, and then expressed regrets post treatment. This does not happen with any other type of medical treatment.
We the undersigned believe that Dr Curtis and his practice have been unfairly targeted in this case (the surgeon who undertook the surgery is not being castigated).
We believe this is something of a witch-hunt fuelled by the national press because it involves Trans people, and request that the GMC take into consideration truthful accounts from Dr Curtis's present and former patients. ("I’m a patient of Dr. Curtis’, and my experience with him has only been good. If anything, these “allegations” against him (which as you say seem to be about him treating his patients with respect) only strengthens my opinion that he’s the right doctor for me.")
We request a fair and balanced hearing which we are sure will exonerate Dr Curtis from all allegations of malpractice and allow him to continue with his essential work in the service and support of the Trans community.
Losing this lifeline provided by Dr. Curtis will dangerously effect the mental well being of his many patients ( who the NHS is not equipped to absorb) and may lead to self harming and potential suicide attempts.