Referrals for female genital mutilation must rise, say MPsBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4447 (Published 07 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4447
- Clare Dyer
- 1The BMJ
Doctors and other health practitioners are failing girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) and the UK government should make the failure of professionals to report concerns a criminal offence unless reports rise substantially, a committee of MPs has said.1
In a hard hitting report that denounces the practice as an “extreme form of child abuse,” the House of Commons home affairs committee called the UK’s failure to tackle FGM a “national scandal” and urged the adoption of a national action plan.
The report described the record of referrals of cases to social services by healthcare professionals as “extremely poor” and said many cannot …