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NHS to create new codes to help doctors and nurses report cases of FGM and estimate scale of problem in Britain
by Martin Bentham
The first official "snapshot" figures of the number of women treated by the NHS for female genital mutilation are to be published later this year.
The data will be part of a new attempt by ministers to discover the full scale of the problem in Britain. Under changes to be announced later this week, official codes for FGM will be issued for the first time so that doctors and nurses can log details of the wounds inflicted on each victim on their hospital database.
The findings will be used to publish an initial national measure of the number of victims in the autumn, followed by more detailed statistics over the coming years as more victims attend hospital for treatment.
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