Medical Examinations: Sexual Offences

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th June 2019.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of making it mandatory to offer forensic medical examinations to victims of sexual assault regardless of whether those victims plan to report that assault to the police.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department has not made an assessment of making an offer of forensic medical examinations to victims of sexual assault mandatory. NHS England commissions Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) that aim to provide the best possible response for victims, ensuring their health needs and overall wellbeing are met. At the SARC, there is an offer of a forensic medical examination, if clinically appropriate to do so, available to all clients.

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