A trans woman from Reading has lost her High Court battle to have an NHS-funded operation to augment her bust, which failed to develop properly following hormone treatment.

Ms “C”, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffers from gender dysphoria. She wanted West Berkshire PCT to pay for her £2,300 operation and argued that it was a violation of her human rights and a case of unlawful sex discrimination when she was refused.

Mr Justice Bean threw out her claim for judicial review, saying that he found: “that there was no duty in either public law or discrimination law to classify all treatment and procedures sought by transsexuals as high priority or core procedures.”

The 58-year-old has been living as a woman for over a decade and was said to have been left in physical and psychological “limbo” following the failure of the hormone treatments.