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Transsexuals win case for NHS funded surgery

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:75
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Three British transsexuals who were refused sex change operations funded by the NHS have won a landmark High Court ruling that the decision by North West Lancashire Health Authority not to pay for their surgery was “unlawful and irrational.”

    The ruling came within days of a decision by the same judge, Mr Justice Hidden, that North and East Devon Health Authority acted “unfairly and irrationally” in deciding to close a long stay home for severely disabled people and transfer the responsibility for them to social services. The courts have traditionally been reluctant to interfere in the way health authorities allocate their resources, …

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