Govt hospitals in Delhi to start free sex reassignment surgery: DCW

The directorate of health services has accepted recommendation of the Delhi Commission of Women and issued directions to all medical superintendents of government hospitals having a burn and plastic ward’ along with the facility of plastic surgeon to start transgenders free sex reassignment surgeries.

Sex Reassignment surgery

New Delhi: Upon the intervention of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal, Delhi government’s health department has sent a circular to all government hospitals of the Union Territory to provide free sex reassignment surgeries, if they have a ‘burn and plastic ward’ and a plastic surgeon, DCW said on Saturday.

The commission has termed this a “big” achievement as it has been pursuing the matter for several months with the health department. The commission said that one of the most common issues faced by transgenders in the capital is lack of free sex reassignment surgeries (SRS) in government hospitals and are forced to pay upto ₹10-15 Lacs for getting the procedure done in a private hospital.

In this regard, the commission had issued a notice to the department, Delhi government, seeking information regarding provision of facility of free sex reassignment surgery in all government hospitals in Delhi.

The commission was informed that the facility of SRS was not available in Delhi government hospitals. However, upon the insistence of the commission, the health department had directed the constitution of a committee under the director general of health services (DGHS), government of new capital territory, Delhi (GNCTD) to examine the matter and submit a report on the same.

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After a notice was sent by Maliwal to DGHS seeking status of the committee, the commission was informed that facility of free SRS has now been made available in burn & plastic department of Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi.

DCW chief Maliwal has again issued summons to the department seeking reasons for starting free sex reassignment surgeries only in one government hospital and not in all hospitals which have a ‘burn & plastic’ surgery ward along with a plastic surgeon, as those are needed for the SRS procedure.

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However, the commission has now been informed by the directorate of health services that the government has accepted the recommendation of the commission and a circular in this regard has been issued to all medical superintendents of government hospitals in Delhi that clearly mentions that all government hospitals having a burn and plastic ward’ along with the facility of plastic surgeon must begin providing transgenders free sex reassignment surgeries.

“I am happy that after our intervention, free sex reassignment surgeries are going to be finally provided in government hospitals in Delhi. In private hospitals, the same procedure costs ₹10-15 Lacs! Most transgenders cannot afford such huge sums of money. When all facilities are free in government hospitals in Delhi, why should transgenders have to pay for a procedure which is crucial for their lives” DCW Chief Swati Maliwal said.

(With arrangement from Insightonlinenews)

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