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London GP is cleared of practising female genital mutilation

BMJ. 2014 Apr 15;348:g2807. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g2807.

London GP is cleared of practising female genital mutilation.

Dyer C.

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A London GP who removed almost all of the labia minora of a patient during cosmetic surgery has been cleared of practising female genital mutilation by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Sureshkumar Pandya performed labiaplasty in March 2012 on a 33 year old woman named only as Patient A, who complained that her labia were “ugly” and made her uncomfortable. He saw her again a week later and recorded that the wound was healing well.

But a week after that, Patient A went to see another GP, who recorded in her notes: “Patient upset …

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Getting the facts right about the law and female genital mutilation.

BMJ. 2014 Apr 22;348:g2805. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g2805.

Getting the facts right about the law and female genital mutilation.

Saunders A.

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Female genital mutilation and obstetric outcomes: flawed systematic review and meta-analysis does not accurately reflect the available evidence.

Obstet Gynecol Int. 2014;2014:205230. doi: 10.1155/2014/205230. Epub 2014 Mar 20. FREE

Female genital mutilation and obstetric outcomes: flawed systematic review and meta-analysis does not accurately reflect the available evidence.

Meirik O, Banks E, Farley T, Akande O, Bathija H, Ali M.

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We commend Berg and Underland for taking on the momentous task of systematically reviewing and summarizing available data on the association between female genital mutilation (FGM) and obstetric outcomes [12]. FGM is an important health and human rights issue and reliable evidence on its effects on health is critical for advocacy to encourage its abandonment.

Despite the obvious hard work and adherence to a prespecified protocol, there are two major problems with this systematic review that undermine the validity of the conclusions reached.

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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.

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…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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