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FGM support clinic to shut after funding axed
by Martin Bentham
Campaigners are fighting to save a pioneering clinic for victims of female genital mutilation after council and health chiefs decided to halt funding.
The Acton African Well Woman Centre, which has done FGM reversal surgery on about 500 women and helped hundreds more since it opened in 2007, is due to shut at the end of March.
It follows a decision by Ealing council, which funded an advocacy service there, and the Imperial College Healthcare Trust, which provided a midwife, to end support.
The Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group has refused to replace the funding due to pressure on its resources and the availability of other FGM services in west London.
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