A former patient of the gender identity development service (‘GIDS’) at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has joined a High Court bid to change the law on consent as it applies to young people suffering from gender dysphoria.
Keira Bell joins Mrs A, mother of a would-be patient at the clinic, in a judicial review of the Tavistock’s practice of referring young people under the age of 18 for hormone blocking therapy. Ms Bell argues that young people under 18 are not capable of understanding the potential implications of hormone blocking treatment and should not be able to consent to treatment without court authorisation.
Fenella Morris QC and Nicola Kohn are instructed by DAC Beachcroft on behalf of the Tavistock.
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