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Bell and Mrs A v The Tavistock, December 2020

A travesty for trans youth in the UK.

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December’s ruling against the Tavistock, which made access to puberty blockers for trans youth even more of a challenge, has left parents of trans youth terrified.


People have been left asking one simple question: How can it be that, based on the evidence presented to them, the judge was not convinced that the UK’s national healthcare provider was able to provide safe care?


At GenderGP we not only provide healthcare to the trans community – people of all ages, wherever they are in the world – we a firm advocates, committed to mending a broken system.


As part of our advocacy remit we have analysed the case, what went wrong and what the implications are for this group of people who have had the rug pulled from under them.


The following documents are essential reading for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding.

Should Trans youth be affirmed?

Check out the evidence

Mrs A and Bell V Tavistock

December 2020

What happened?

Why did it happen?

GenderGP response

GIDS statement on the treatment of trans youth - GenderGP's response - GenderGP
How is care for trans youth impacted - Discussing the Tavistock and Portman Ruling - GenderGP

Other responses

Parental Consent Determination

March 2021

What happened?

Parental Consent - The Determination
Success for Trans Youth - Good Law Project
Call for change to the NHS specification - Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP

GenderGP response

Parental Consent: Considerations - Best interests of the child must be prioritised
Ruling brings relief - More must be done

Other responses

GIDS - Statement welcomes judgement
Mermaids - Relief at high court decision

What next

Evidence to support the affirmative care of trans youth