The Tavistock Centre, which runs Britain’s only publicly-funded gender identity development service, is to be sued by up to 1,000 people in a mass class action lawsuit, according to the lawyer behind the case.
Tom Goodhead, CEO of Pogust Goodhead, an international law firm hired by the families of former patients, could not put precise figures on the number of people expected to sue, but said he expected the suit to be very large.
“It’s difficult because this has been a topic which has been very much a taboo in the public sphere until quite recently and there is a very poor quality of data,” he added.
“The percent of those who have undergone these treatment pathways who subsequently detransitioned or who regret it, or long-term evidence in respect of the effect of puberty blockers and then people who almost inevitably continue on to sex hormone treatment, is still unknown,” he said.
Tavistock Facing ClosureThe Tavistock Centre is already facing closure after it was heavily criticised in an official report.
Now the youngsters and their families who are taking the clinic to court claim they were misled by the clinic into decisions which have permanently damaged the health and psychological well-being of themselves or their loved ones.
Tavistock, which runs England’s only publicly-funded gender identity development service, is set to close next spring after an independent review, commissioned by the National Health Service, the UK’s health care provider, and chaired by Dr Hillary Cass, in February 2022, found grave issues around the safety and well-being of children.
The Cass report made clear that staff at Tavistock were affirming troubled teenagers into believing that they had gender dysphoria without using proper diagnostic tools.
In recent years, the UK has seen an explosion in the number of children claiming to have gender dysphoria.
Kiera BellAn important case is Kiera Bell, who was given puberty blockers as a teenager after only three hours of consultation.
Bell won a judgement that children under the age of 16 considering gender reassignment were unlikely to be considered mature enough to give informed consent to be prescribed puberty-blocking drugs.
Civil rights campaigners welcomed the lawsuit.
Genspect, an international alliance of professional groups, parent groups, "detransitioners," and others who seek a rational approach to gender suggested that Britain was leading the way on sex and gender issues.
The Epoch Times has reached out to the Tavistock Centre for comment.