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Landmark case: Keira Bell outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London after the ruling this week. Photo: Sam Tobin/PA

Landmark case: Keira Bell outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London after the ruling this week. Photo: Sam Tobin/PA

Landmark case: Keira Bell outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London after the ruling this week. Photo: Sam Tobin/PA

Dozens of Irish families with transgender children have been left in a state of major uncertainty after a UK court case stopped a London clinic which treats HSE patients from accepting referrals for under-16s.

Ireland does not yet have its own full child and adolescent transgender health service and for a number of years has been relying on the Tavistock Centre, the UK’s only gender-identity development service, to accept referrals under the Treatment Abroad Scheme.


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