I can understand the dilemma the UK’s National Health Service finds itself in. If MGM is not done in clinical surroundings the likelihood of the procedure causing immediate problems is greatly increased.
What NHS Scotland has on offer is of no use to Jewish parents as the blood sacrifice ritual is supposed to happen at eight days. NHS Scotland offer general anaesthetic for MGM – this can only be done after the baby is six months old.
Of course FGM is mentioned as “Child Abuse” but the overtly sexist NHS policy admits that no successful prosecutions for FGM have happened in Scotland …
“It is illegal in the UK to subject a girl or woman to FGM or to assist a non-UK person to carry out FGM overseas. Whilst there have been no prosecutions in Scotland, it is believed that the practice continues in the UK, as well as girls resident in the UK being taken abroad for the purpose of FGM.”
“Some parents; religion or belief means that they will want their male child to be circumcised as soon as possible after birth. NHS Scotland has developed a pathway to make sure that circumcisions can take place once it is clinically safe to do so.
Note:Female genital mutilation, sometime referred to as female circumcision , is a serious crime and must not be supported by the NHS. It should be reported immediately as a child protection issue whether planned or undertaken in the UK or abroad.
Arrangements for Religious Male Circumcision by the NHS
Clinicians and healthcare managers in Scotland have agreed with the Muslim community that the best time to perform religious circumcision, in the interest of the well being of the child, would be when the child is between 6 months and 9 months of age. They have also agreed that, in the interest of quality of care and patient safety, this procedure should be undertaken in one of the four Paediatric Centres ( Grampian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lothian and Tayside).
The patient pathway should start with the midwife giving information to the pregnant woman and her partner at the ante-natal booking: with the GP referring the patient to the Consultant at the request of the parents at the child’s 6 week check:and the Consultant assessing the request and operating on the child, with consent of both parents wherever possible, under general anaesthesia, normally as a day case.
Information for staff and patients has been developed with support from the Health Rights Information Scotland (HRIS).”