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Female genital mutilation figures published

October 16, 2014 In September 2014, 467 female patients treated at reporting acute NHS hospital trusts in England were newly identified as having been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM).

*HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures
The data also show that 1,279 female patients previously identified as having been subjected to FGM were being treated at the end of September 2014.2

The data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) today are the first official figures to have been published on the numbers of FGM cases seen in hospitals in England. Of the 160 acute hospital trusts in England, 125 returned data for September.

These initial figures are a first step towards understanding how many females have been subject to FGM, which is a crime in the UK. In considering this first publication, it should be borne in mind that the data cover only cases observed, recorded and reported by acute hospital trusts.3

The new monthly data collection sees reporting hospitals submitting information including the numbers of female patients they have newly identified each month as having been subject to FGM and the number treated who were previously identified. Patients are included in the figures whether they are being treated for something related to FGM or for another reason, provided that FGM has been identified.3

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: "This is the first national collection of NHS data about numbers of FGM cases and we will continue to collect and publish these figures.

"Having accurate data about this crime is an important step in helping prevent its occurrence in the future. The information will support the Department of Health in their FGM prevention programme, and we hope to expand the dataset over time so that it provides a more complete picture across a wider variety of care settings."

View the full report at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/fgmoct14

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Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. Patients identified as having a history of FGM at the end of the reporting period (September 2014) and who are still being actively seen or treated for FGM-related or non FGM-related conditions are included in this figure. Patients who have previously been identified as having a history of FGM but are no longer being treated are not included.

3. The data is collected and submitted as counts of patients from hospital trusts, before being centrally aggregated. An individual seen by more than one trust will be counted more than once, so there is the possibility of duplicate counting. Readers should also note that no figures are presented to indicate the population potentially at risk of FGM, or the number or who have had a history of FGM but are not being treated for FGM-related or non-FGM related conditions.

4. For media enquiries please contact media@hscic.gov.uk or 0300 30 33 888.

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