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FGM mandatory reporting requirements (2)

Further to the message sent to you by the LMC on 13 Oct I have received an interim reply from the GPC as copied below. This gives a link to more recent DH/HSCIC guidance on the issues, which I have also attached, as well as making it clear that the legal requirement for practices is to “have regard” to the FGM dataset. This legal wording is highly significant as it does give practices leeway in respect of how they approach reporting in individual cases as long, of course, that they can justify acting in the best interests of their individual patients.

Further guidance for practices from GPC via the BMA ethics department has been promised.

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