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Figures reveal true scale of shocking FGM cases in west London

The number of cases of female genital mutilation being treated in west London accounts for one in four cases in England

The number of known cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in west London has risen above 1,500.

According to new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, 800 cases of FGM have been identified in the area's hospitals since September while 975 cases from before that date are also being dealt with.

This gives a total of 1,775 cases and means that the number of cases of FGM being treated in west London accounts for one in four cases in England.

A staggering 653 of this total came from the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust where 274 new cases of FGM have been discovered since September and 379 cases from before that date are also still being dealt with.

Only one other hospital trust in England, the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS trust, has recorded more know cases of FGM according to the HSCIC.

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust reported the next highest number of FGM cases in west London with 476 in total.

Due to the fact that some hospitals in the area have not reported the number of FGM cases discovered since September, the total number of cases in west London is likely to be higher.

Across the whole of England, 3,963 new cases have been discovered since September 2014 while 3,164 cases from before this date are still being treated by the NHS.

There were 578 newly identified cases in March, an increase on the 528 discovered in February and the 569 discovered in January but still slightly less than the 608 cases discovered in December.

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