NHS wins right to appeal cruel High Court puberty blockers ruling that restricts healthcare for trans kids

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01/18/2021

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs GIDS, the only gender clinic for trans youth in England and Wales, said it would appeal the ruling when it lost the judicial review in December 2020. The Tavistock’s appeal has now been granted, it was confirmed Monday (18 January), and will be heard before 22 March, 2022. The High Court’s verdict sent shockwaves through the LGBT+ community, as it meant young trans people’s access to healthcare in England and Wales was further restricted. The case was brought by Keira Bell, 23, who took puberty blockers at 16 and had top surgery at 20 but has since detransitioned, and Mrs A, who is trying to prevent her 16-year-old child taking puberty blockers. It hinged on whether under-16s can give informed consent to puberty blockers, which are currently the only medication available to trans under-16s experiencing gender dysphoria. Seventeen and 18-year-olds who have been taking puberty blockers for at least a year are eligible for hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

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