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Private clinics are told not to prescribe puberty blockers

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 31 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1200
  1. Matt Limb
  1. London

The government has introduced an emergency ban on private clinics’ prescribing and supplying of puberty suppressing hormones to under 18s in England, Wales, and Scotland.1

The health secretary, Victoria Atkins, said on 29 May that the ban would “address risks to patient safety” that remained after the NHS stopped the routine prescription of puberty blocker treatments to under 18s in March, in line with an interim independent review into gender identity services for …

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