Transgender fertility rules updated by NHS

31 March 2019 – Guardian

Refusal to offer services will require ‘strong justification’ under revised guidance.

A long-running battle between the NHS and the equality watchdog over transgender people’s right to access fertility services has ended with both sides claiming victory.

Guidance will be issued to all of the country’s 200-plus clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – the NHS bodies that plan and commission services – saying that refusal to offer fertility services to people who are transitioning will need a strong justification. A failure to provide this could be challenged in court.


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