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Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM, has been illegal since 1985 and was followed by the UK introduction of the Female Genital Mutilation Act.

Between 2013 and 2015, the Department of Health, along with other institutions, published five reports regarding the role of the healthcare professional in tackling the FGM problem, from which, a series of main points can be drawn.

Main Factors Regarding FGM

In light of the reports published in the 2010s, doctors should be aware that

The GMC also advises doctors to weigh-up the harm of non-disclosure against disclosure, and whilst each case is considered on its own merit, the GMC generally favours disclosing incidents of FGM.


Above all else, doctors should


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