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Female genital mutilation (FGM) MPs demand hard line against clinicians who do not report FGM | The Guardian


Female genital mutilation (FGM)

MPs demand hard line against clinicians who do not report FGM

The home affairs committee wants harsher penalties for failing to pass on evidence of female genital mutilation to police

A picture from the UN Children’s Fund showing a former practitioner who performed female genital mutilation in Ethiopia.
A picture from the UN Children’s Fund showing a former practitioner who performed female genital mutilation in Ethiopia. Photograph: Unicef/EPA

The government should impose harsher punishment on professionals who decide not to report female genital mutilation in children, saying they are “complicit in a crime being committed”, according to a group of MPs.

The failure of the UK to make a single prosecution against FGM despite changes in legislation that make it mandatory for professionals to report FGM is “beyond belief” and is leading to “the preventable mutilation of thousands of girls”, according to a damning report from the home affairs select committee.

The committee says it is alarmed by reports that clinicians are ignoring the requirement to report child cases of FGM to the police, which was put in place last year, and urges NHS employers and royal colleges to “take a hard line against such attitudes”. …https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/15/mps-demand-hard-line-against-clinicians-who-do-not-report-fgm?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=190377&subid=7806053&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

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    September 15, 2016 at 10:33 am

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