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Transsexual goes to High Court over operation ban

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7046.1560b (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1560

A “woman trapped inside a man's body” won leave in the High Court last week to challenge a blanket ban by a health authority on sex change operations. Mr Justice Tucker ruled that the transsexual, who can only be named as W, had “an arguable case” to seek judicial review of Gloucestershire Health Authority's refusal to pay for her gender reassignment surgery.

The case is the latest in a series in which transsexuals are challenging decisions …

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