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More nurses are needed to deal with a ‘national scandal’

Nurs Stand. 2014 Jul 9;28(45):32. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.45.32.s42.

More nurses are needed to deal with a ‘national scandal’.

Amadi O.

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a public health issue for nurses working in school, community and general practice settings (Features June 25).

The recent select committee report labelling FGM a ‘national scandal’ reinforces Unite’s call for more school nurses and health visitors to be hired.

Guidance from a number of colleges, including the RCN and the Royal College of Midwives, estimates that 66,000 women in England and Wales have undergone FGM and that more than 23,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk…

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