Every hour, a woman in England attends a medical appointment where FGM is identified, a report by children’s charity Plan International UK has said.
Statistics were recorded by NHS Digital between April 2015 and March 2016 and analysed by the charity.
The data show that there were 8,656 total attendances at medical appointments in England in which FGM was identified or a procedure to treat FGM was undertaken – an average of one appointment every 61 minutes.
Janet Fyle, professional policy advisor at the RCM, said the scale of FGM was shocking.
‘We are making progress but it is telling that the UK has yet to see a single prosecution for FGM. We are now collecting the statistics but behind every one is a girl or young woman who has been through a terrible experience,’ she said.
Janet added that it was ‘regrettable’ that health care and psychological support service provision for FGM was patchy.
She said that, in some areas of high prevalence of FGM, services were non-existent or being closed down.
‘The Government must fulfil its obligation to provide care and support for survivors, many of whom are young women living with the consequences of FGM,’ said Janet.