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Improve reporting of female genital mutilation, MPs tell doctors

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1467 (Published 18 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1467
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Doctors must be encouraged to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to tackle what is still a woefully under-reported crime, MPs have claimed.

In a report1 based on their follow-up inquiry on FGM published by the parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee on 14 March, MPs said that “buck passing” for failure to prosecute the crime had to stop.

The profile of FGM has risen because of the media, politicians, victims, and campaigners, who …

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