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Clinicians have grasped the need to do more to tackle female genital mutilation, MPs are told

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h520 (Published 28 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h520
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Clinical leaders have denied claims that the medical profession is not taking the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) seriously enough and is failing to report cases.

MPs on the parliamentary home affairs committee held an evidence session on 27 January as part of its follow-up inquiry into FGM and questioned Nigel Mathers, honorary secretary of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The committee produced a report on the subject last summer with various recommendations,1 and in July the government and Unicef hosted the first global Girl Summit in the United Kingdom, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end FGM and early, forced, and child marriage.

Keith Vaz, committee chair …

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