Tavistock Gender Clinic, located in West Devon, England is facing a lawsuit from at least 1,000 families. The gender clinic is currently shut down over safety concerns found from an external review. The law firm Pogust Goodhead will be representing the families in their class action lawsuit.
The law firm reported, “Children and young adolescents were rushed into treatment without the appropriate therapy and involvement of the right clinicians, meaning that they were misdiagnosed and started on a treatment pathway that was not right for them. These children have suffered life-changing and, in some cases, irreversible effects of the treatment they received . . . We anticipate that at least 1,000 clients will join this action.”
The lawsuit, which has not been filed, would allege medical negligence. This includes convincing children to take puberty blockers as well as misdiagnosing children. The law firm plans to file the suit at the high court within six months.
The clinic was shut down after Dr. Hilary Cass found that the clinic did not account for mental health issues when diagnosing gender dysphoria. She also found the clinic, “Failed to collect data pertaining to the use and side effects of puberty blockers. In addition, it didn’t keep routine and consistent data on patients.