Letters Female genital mutilation

The Scottish NHS does not turn a blind eye to female genital mutilation

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f29 (Published 08 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f29
  1. Iain G Brown, general practitioner1
  1. 1North Glasgow CHP, Fernbank Medical Centre, Glasgow G22 6BD, UK
  1. iainsurfs{at}aol.com

I am not sure who in the Scottish NHS said that the author of this feature could not interview doctors or midwives about female genital mutilation.1

I am the senior partner in a north Glasgow practice that has more than 3000 patients from an asylum seeking or refugee background. The practice has been involved in the care of this group of patients since 1999. Trained nurses and doctors within the practice are aware of female genital mutilation and its prevention. We regularly examine and report on cases of female genital mutilation for legal purposes. The Medical Foundation in Glasgow also has high levels of awareness and expertise, as do our consultant colleagues at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital. We do not think routine examination of female children is an abuse of their human rights, we consider it part of our General Medical Services contract.


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