More than 9,000 attendances to NHS services in England last year involved the identification or treatment of female genital mutilation, a report has revealed. The data, released by NHS Digital and covering the period from April 2016 to March 2017, includes figures from both NHS trusts and GP practices.
The Guardian reported:
The findings show that in the last year there were 9,179 attendances in which FGM was either identified, treatment was given, or a woman with FGM had given birth to a baby girl.
In total, 5,391 attendances were recorded in the system for the first time – 114 of which were girls under the age of 16.
The report reveals only a slight drop on figures from 2016 in which 9,223 attendances were reported in total, of which 6,080 were newly recorded.