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Russell Reid is a consultant psychiatrist specialising in sexual and gender-related conditions. He is particularly known for his work with gender identity disorder patients, from which he retired in February 2006. His successor is Richard Curtis. Reid grew up in New Zealand and works privately in the United Kingdom. In 2006-2007, Reid was investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC), the regulatory body for doctors in the UK. A serious professional misconduct hearing opened following complaints brought by four doctors from the main NHS Gender Identity Clinic at Charing Cross hospital, west London, and some of his former patients. It is alleged that he breached international standards of care, set by the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA) by inappropriately prescribing cross-gender hormones to patients and referring them for Sex reassignment surgery without adequate assessment.Ultimately, the enquiry found Reid guilty of Serious Professional Misconduct, mostly for failing to communicate fully with patients GPs and not documenting his reasons for departing from the HBIGDA Standards of Care guidelines sufficiently, in addition many former patients testified to his general incompetance and low standard of care. Reid was a member of an expert committee set up by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to draw up new UK care guidelines on the treatment of Gender identity disorder. He stepped down as a member of the group in the wake of the GMC inquiry.
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