Statement on the Bell v Tavistock Appeal

Date added: 20 September 2021

We are delighted to read the judgement Bell v Tavistock. We know this will come as a huge relief for our clients and their families.

This has been an extremely distressing and upsetting time for so many young trans people. Waiting lists have only got longer, when they were already out of control, meaning many people left in the dark on getting the vital healthcare support they need.

The decision today has reinstated the test of Gillick and re-emphasised that it is for the clinician together with the patient and the family to make decisions on a case-by-case basis. It was not for the court to make generalisations about consent at different ages, nor should the court be routinely part of the consent process for puberty blockers.

The NHS acted quickly to remove guidance for young people relying on these services. They must act equally fast in publishing new guidance given the outcome of this case.

The Judgement can be found here