NHS hospitals told to report female genital mutilation cases

The Government has made it mandatory for all NHS hospitals to provide information on patients who have undergone female genital mutilation. Ministers estimate 66,000 women have undergone the brutal practice and 20,000 girls are at risk every year.

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NHS must report cases of female genital mutilation

Ministers from across government have pushed through tough new measures to stop the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), making it mandatory for all NHS hospitals to provide information on patients who have undergone FGM.

It is now mandatory for doctors to report cases of FGM Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/

From April this year NHS hospitals will be required to record:

1 If a patient has had FGM

2 If there is a family history of FGM

3 If an FGM-related procedure has been carried out on a women - (deinfibulation)

By September this year, all acute hospitals must report this data centrally to the Department of Health on a monthly basis.

"In order to combat it and ensure we can care properly for the girls and women who have undergone mutilation we need to build a more accurate nationwide picture of the challenge. This is the first step towards doing that," said Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison.

CPS 'raising its game' over female genital mutilation

The director of public prosecutions has insisted the Crown Prosecution Service is "raising its game" over prosecution against female genital mutilation.

Alison Saunders told The TImes the CPS is "stepping up" what they are doing, including looking at evidence secured by covert surveillance to avoid children having to testify in court.

I want to make sure we are there to provide advice to the police forces dealing with cases, as these are incredibly difficult to prosecute.

This network will share information so that we are raising our game consistently across the country.

– Director of Public Prosecution Alison Saunders

Doctors 'still failing to report' female genital mutilation

Doctors are still failing to report suspected cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police, a senior Scotland Yard officer has warned.

Detective Superintendent Jason Ashwood, head of Scotland Yard's FGM team, told The Times that young girls who are at risk of or are recovering from cutting are being let down because "professionals" in the public sector are not safeguarding children.

The latest figures suggest that as many as 66,000 women in England and Wales have undergone FGM and 23,000 girls under the age of 15 are "at risk".

His calls for tougher action mark the United Nation's annual day of zero tolerance to FGM.


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