Dutch doctors should tackle female genital mutilationBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7497.922-a (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:922
- Tony Sheldon
School doctors in the Netherlands should examine the genitalia of girls aged 6, 9, and 13 years, as part of regular health checks. This is the proposal of a government advisory body to tackle the illegal practice of female genital mutilation.
The proposals are being opposed by a wide range of doctors' organisations, which say that they would damage the widespread coverage that the school health services presently achieve and would drive the problem further underground.
In its report, the Council for Public Health and Care also recommends that doctors should be legally obliged to report cases. The report estimates there are 50 cases of …