The NHS must fulfil its duty to young people

The NHS commissions Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) to provide specialist assessment, consultation and care for children and young people to help reduce the distressing feelings of a mismatch between their assigned sex and their gender identity.

The NHS has a legal obligation to see those referred to Gender Identity Development Service within 18 weeks. But the average waiting time is 18 months. In some shocking reports, young people are waiting for up to four years for a first appointment. Not to get what the NHS describes as fully reversible puberty blockers but to begin the process of being assessed for eligibility for puberty blockers.

Children are losing the opportunity to be seen within a window in which they can secure effective treatment. They are, in practice, being denied access to treatments which are correlated with improved mental health and reduced suicide risk.

Whatever your views about the right treatment regime for young people with gender dysphoria, it can’t be right that they face lengthy waiting lists just to have a first appointment with a specialist. That’s why Good Law Project and one of the teenagers affected have initiated a legal challenge to ensure NHS England meets its obligation to children and young people

This case will be our first case of many to protect this most disadvantaged - and discriminated against - of communities.

Previous Updates

We’ve won: Bell v Tavistock Judgment quashed by Court of Appeal

In a huge win for trans people and their families, the Court of Appeal has today reversed the judgment handed down in Bell v Tavistock by the Divisional Court. 
The Court of Appeal said that “the…

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Update from Court – The Bell v Tavistock appeal

Over the last two days, the Court of Appeal has heard submissions in relation to the decision made by the High Court in December regarding the ability of children under 16 with gender dysphoria to…

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Ruling threatens young people’s right to make decisions about their own health care

We have filed our intervention to the Court of Appeal arguing that transgender teenagers should be able to consent to treatment the same way teenagers with other medical conditions can. 
The intervention is backed by a…

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Permission granted – we’ve cleared the first hurdle

The High Court has granted permission for Brook, Endocrine Society and Gendered Intelligence to intervene. 
The voice of trans young people and the voice of the experts who prescribe puberty blockers should have been before the…

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We have filed our intervention

We are pleased to announce that we have now filed our intervention in the Tavistock’s appeal against the Bell judgment.
The intervention is made on behalf of a small group of NGOs – Stonewall, Endocrine Society,…

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First meeting of the Advisory Group to the Legal Defence Fund for Transgender Lives

Earlier this afternoon, the Advisory Group to the Legal Defence Fund for Transgender Lives met for the first time. The fund was set up on 22 November, and on 8 December, when the fund already…

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The NHS must fulfil its duty to young people

“Doctors and experts all over the world agree on the healthcare that I and other trans people need. But in this country, it is impossible to get access to this care.”
These are the words of…

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