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The court has confirmed a hearing for the appeal to challenge the extreme waiting times faced by transgender people seeking help from NHS England.
Thanks to everyone who chipped in and the many more who helped us spread the word, we have been able to meet our £50k target to support this important case, which will be heard at the Court of Appeal in July.
We took on this case because NHS England has a duty to see 92% of those referred to specialist healthcare services within 18 weeks, yet the average waiting time for young transgender people is nearly three years, and many adults face waits of four years or more. This cannot continue unchecked.
Last November, we and five co-claimants went to the High Court to argue that these waiting times, and other failures in trans healthcare services, are discriminatory and unlawful. The court did not agree – but still we believe that the waiting times are unlawful and are therefore supporting the case to go to the Court of Appeal.
In giving permission to appeal, the judge said that there was a ‘real prospect that the Court of Appeal might differ from the reasoning at - of my judgment’ and that ‘the point is of sufficient general importance to justify consideration by the Court of Appeal.’
We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed, allowing us to support this appeal. The appeal is now costing £10k more than we hoped it would, so if you are in a position to donate, any amount big or small would still be greatly appreciated.