It follows Auckland Sexual Health Service (ASHS) announcing the suspension of its Trans Clinic, which means while it will continue to manage current patients, it can no longer take new referrals.
The Service explained this is because it does not have enough Consultants to keep up with demand. However it says the Ministry of Health has also made it clear that resources need to go to other areas of sexual health management, if ASHS is to be "successful" in the next round of funding.
One insider has compared the situation to being held to ransom by the Ministry. Auckland Sexual Health Service has been the main provider of trans care in Auckland for over 15 years.