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Blanket ban on treating transsexuals is ruled “unlawful”

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 07 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:338
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    An English health authority acted unlawfully in refusing to pay for sex change operations for three transsexuals on the grounds that they had “no overriding clinical need,” the Court of Appeal in London decided last week. The ruling is a warning to NHS managers that anything that amounts to a blanket ban on a treatment for a medically recognised condition is likely to fall foul of the courts. …

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