UK hospital treats 1,500 FGM cases in 5 years

A UK hospital has revealed that it has dealt with 1,500 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the past five years.

Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital announced at a meeting of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel that it had seen a large number of FGM cases in recent years. In 2013 alone, the hospital had treated 349 victims, a 20 per cent increase on 2012's total.

The Birmingham Mail reports that the hospital confirmed it deals with an average of six FGM cases every week. It stated that all of the victims had been mutilated abroad when they were children.

Speaking to the news provider, Shaista Gohir MBE, chair of the Muslim Women's Network, said: "We need to get funding for specific counselling in this area. There is a significant population in this region where FGM is practiced."

The revelations come after figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed there were 466 cases of FGM in English hospitals during November.

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