The Scottish NHS does not turn a blind eye to female genital mutilation.

BMJ. 2013 Jan 8;346:f29. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f29.FREE

The Scottish NHS does not turn a blind eye to female genital mutilation.

Brown IG.

Comment on BMJ. 2012;345:e8121.


…I am the senior partner in a north Glasgow practice that has more than 3000 patients from an asylum seeking or refugee background. The practice has been involved in the care of this group of patients since 1999. Trained nurses and doctors within the practice are aware of female genital mutilation and its prevention. We regularly examine and report on cases of female genital mutilation for legal purposes. The Medical Foundation in Glasgow also has high levels of awareness and expertise, as do our consultant colleagues at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital. We do not think routine examination of female children is an abuse of their human rights, we consider it part of our General Medical Services contract…

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