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Gender reassignment: High Court to say whether NHS guidance on hormone blockers can be legally challenged

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 14 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m146
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The High Court in London has been asked to give the go ahead for a challenge to the legality of NHS guidelines on administering hormone blocking drugs to children at the UK’s only specialist NHS service for young people seeking gender reassignment.

Susan Evans, a former psychiatric nurse at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s gender identity development service (GIDS), and “Mrs A,” the mother of a 15 year old girl with autism who is on the service’s waiting list, have filed papers asking for a judicial review of the guidelines. They argue that the …

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