BMJ. 2013 Nov 5;347:f6672. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f6672.
Doctors are key to securing the UK’s first conviction for female genital mutilation, say campaigners.
Doctors who find evidence of female genital mutilation (FGM) should treat it as a crime and report it to police, a coalition of health organisations has recommended.
The coalition said that a government funded awareness strategy was needed, similar to that launched in the 1990s to tackle HIV, to prevent the genital mutilation of young girls. Doctors and other health and care professionals should be held responsible for monitoring female genital mutilation and treating it as child abuse.