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Female genital mutilation: London hospitals treat 4,000 patients

Nearly 4,000 women and girls have been treated for female genital mutilation (FGM) in London's hospitals since 2009, according to new figures.

The data was obtained through Freedom of Information requests to NHS Trusts by BBC London 94.9.

Forty-one hospital trusts were contacted by the BBC with most supplying figures. Six said they did not currently record figures on FGM, while four did not respond.

BBC London's Tarah Welsh spoke to Aissa Edon, an FGM specialist midwife, Dr Comfort Momoh, from Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, headteacher Sophie Allen, from The Stonebridge School, and the Minister for International Development Lynne Featherstone.

  • 19 Mar 2014
  • From the section London
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