The government has announced that NHS hospitals will have to submit data on the number of girls and women who have suffered female genital mutilation (FGM).
Among a range of measures aimed at targeting the illegal practice, it will be mandatory for hospitals to tell the Department of Health on a monthly basis of any cases they see of FGM.
The data will be held centrally and shared with other government departments and the police to build up a picture of the extent of FGM across the UK.
The announcement comes after a senior Scotland Yard officer said young girls who have suffered FGM were being failed by doctors who do not report cases to the police.
- What do you think of this announcement?
- What would prevent a nurse from talking to patients about FGM?
- Are you confident to talk to patients about female genital mutation?
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