A doctor who gave sex-shifting hormones to children as young as 12 at her unlicensed transgender clinic is accused of not providing proper care to three pediatric patients.
Dr. Helen Webberley, who co-founded the online clinic GenderGP with her husband Dr. Michael Webberley, is also accused of giving patients inappropriate prescriptions.
Webberley, who is currently barred from practicing, appeared via video link at the hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) in Manchester today.
She faces 29 charges from the General Medical Council (GMC), including lack of good clinical care for three pediatric patients, before prescribing testosterone treatment and in one case, puberty blocking GnHRA in 2016.
It is alleged that she prescribed testosterone to one of the children, called patient A, when it was not suitable for use in anyone at that age.
She is also alleged to have failed to obtain adequate medical history and arrange adequate examinations before prescribing.
With all three patients, she did not adhere to professional guidelines.
She therefore either knew or should have known that she was acting outside the bounds of her competence as a doctor according to the charges.
Dr Webberley, from Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, Wales, is described as the “largest provider” of the Gender GP website.
The GMC said the site offered hormone therapy to children without referring to input from an accredited pediatric specialist or a protection policy.
And the accusations against dr. Webberley says the online clinic is “motivated by efforts to evade the UK regulatory framework”.
They also accuse Webberley of lying about being a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
In 2018, Webberley was fined £ 12,000 for running a medical agency without being registered.
The Magistrates Court in Mid Wales heard she gave hormones to children as young as 12 years after they were denied treatment in the NHS.
A judge said there was a “clear refusal to comply with the law”, while regulator Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) said she posed a risk to patient safety.
Webberley pleaded guilty in connection with her conviction in 2018 and admitted to having provided inaccurate information to the Interim Orders Tribunal, in which she said she had been a member of the Royal College of Practitioners (RCGP) since 1996.
Ian Stern QC, representing dr. Webberley, said she did not admit any of the other charges.
Simon Jackson QC, representing GMC, said Webberley had established itself as an online physician with a “special interest” in providing medical care to transgender patients on a private basis.
He said the current court was not about doctors’ approach to hormone therapy for transgender patients, but was focused on whether Dr. Webberley was competent and experienced enough.
It comes after a landmark ruling by the High Court last year that children under the age of 16 considering gender segregation are unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent to prescribing puberty-blocking drugs.
Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs NHS England’s only gender identity development service for children, is currently challenging the decision.
Sir. Jackson is expected to continue the opening of GMC’s case on Wednesday.
The trial is expected to last until October 15.