Puberty blockers legal challenge begins

Legal action is being launched against the NHS over the prescribing of drugs to delay puberty.

Papers have been lodged at the High Court by a mother and a nurse against the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs the UK’s only gender-identity development service (Gids).

Lawyers will argue it is illegal to prescribe the drugs, as children cannot give informed consent to the treatment.

The Tavistock said it had a “cautious and considered” approach to treatment.

Papers were formally lodged on Wednesday by the lawyers for the complainants.

The Tavistock will have three weeks to submit its response, after which a judge will consider the case and decide on the timings of any hearings.

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