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New pledge to end female genital mutilation announced by government

10th February 2014

The government has issued a new declaration to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK to coincide with last week's International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.

Various government departments – including the Department of Health have agreed to take united action to combat this harmful practice, including the appointment of a consortium of leading anti-FGM campaigners to deliver a global awareness campaign.

Practical steps to be taken include the introduction of a new mandatory requirement for all NHS acute hospitals to provide information on patients who have undergone FGM, which will be recorded centrally to provide more information on the incidence and prevalence of the trend.

An FGM Community Engagement Initiative has also been launched in order to convey the message that this practice is never acceptable and will not be tolerated.

Public health minister Jane Ellison said: "In order to combat it and ensure we can care properly for the girls and women who have undergone mutilation, we need to build a more accurate nationwide picture of the challenge."

This comes after nursing sector organisations allied with trade unions and charity groups last year to call for FGM to be categorised as child abuse, while enlisting frontline NHS professionals in the fight against this practice.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801691942-ADNFCR

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