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PATHA welcomes the overturning of the 'Bell vs. Tavistock' case in England

20 Sep 2021 5:04 PM | PATHA (Administrator)
PATHA welcomes the news that the 'Bell vs Tavistock' case in England has been unanimously overturned on appeal. We are pleased by the ruling's judgment that the long-standing standard of Gillick competence for young people to consent to their medical care should apply the same to transgender youth as it does to any other youth. You can read the judgement here, or these summaries of its main points: quick readlonger read.

Last year, PATHA joined WPATH, EPATH, USPATH, AsiaPATH, CPATH, and AusPATH in a statement opposing the earlier judgement, noting that it would result in significant harm to affected transgender young people and their families, and urging that this earlier judgement be overturned.


The Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa (PATHA) is an interdisciplinary professional organisation working to promote the health, wellbeing, and rights of transgender people. We are a group of professionals who have experience working for transgender health in clinical, academic, community, legal and other settings.


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