Letters Reporting of female genital mutilation

Clarifying the difference between mandatory recording and mandatory reporting of FGM

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6625 (Published 09 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6625
  1. Helen Hartley, medicolegal adviser1
  1. 1Medical Protection Society, London W1G 0PS, UK
  1. Helen.Hartley{at}medicalprotection.org

There seems to be confusion among doctors regarding the difference between the new rules on mandatory recording and mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation (FGM).1

All cases of FGM in patients under the age of 18 must be reported to the police, ideally by the close of the next working day but no later than a month after treating …

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