Susie Green, CEO of Mermaids said:
“We are delighted that the Bell v Tavistock case has been granted permission to appeal.
“The first instance ruling would force transgender young people and their parents to go to court before they can get basic healthcare. Whatever our beliefs, most of us can agree that it is the young people themselves, their parents and their doctor who best understand their needs. When all three agree on what care a child needs, there is no need for a court process.
“We have seen first-hand the immense damage the High Court’s ruling has done to families already. We are pleased to see that this ruling will now be challenged – for the sake of every child who deserves the chance to live a happy life and be true to themselves.”
Notes for Editors:
- Bell v Tavistock is the commonly shortened way of referring to the case Quincy Bell and A -v- Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and others, which ruled that individuals under-16 are unable to consent to receiving medication that temporarily pauses puberty. The court also said “[in] respect of young persons aged 16 and over […] we recognise that clinicians may well regard these as cases where the authorisation of the court should be sought prior to commencing the clinical treatment.”
- Mermaids supports transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care.
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