Female Genital Mutilation

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of female genital mutilation have been recorded by the NHS in the last three years.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

The following table shows from April 2015 to March 2018, 16,265 individuals have been recorded, where female genital mutilation (FGM) was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken. Each patient is only counted once, no matter how many attendances they had during the year.

Individuals, newly recorded and total attendances by quarter, April 2015 to March 2018, England

Number

Year1

Individuals2

Newly Recorded3

Total attendances4

2015/16

6,185

6,185

9,335

2016/17

6,640

5,585

9,500

2017/18

6,195

4,495

9,490

Total

16,265

16,265

28,325

Source: NHS Digital

Notes:

  1. Figures are based on the latest state of the database – records can be added, removed or amended after the year end. As such, published figures may not match previously published figures.
  2. Individuals refers to all patients in the reporting period where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken. Each patient is only counted once, no matter how many attendances they had during the year.
  3. Newly Recorded refers to an individual’s first appearance in the FGM dataset. Newly recorded does not necessarily mean that the attendance is the woman or girl’s first attendance for FGM.

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