An annual vigil to remind the doctors trade union that cutting the genitals of healthy boys who cannot consent is profoundly unethical.
We will be lobbying the representatives asking them to support motion 336 which is reproduced below
“That this meeting:
(i) Demands that child safeguarding procedures must apply to all children without gender discrimination and irrespective of the beliefs or social status of the child’s parents or guardians;
(ii) Notes the increasing evidence of significant complications from childhood male circumcision, including meatal stenosis, bleeding, infection, scarring and adult psychosexual dysfunction;
(iii) Endorses the May 2010 position statement of the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) which called non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors a violation of children’s rights to autonomy and physical integrity;
(iv) Notes the GMC guidance in respect of the responsibilities of registered medical practitioners in the matter of female genital mutilation (FGM) (0-18 years: Guidance for all doctors; end notes reference 15) – and as set down in the 2003 FGM legislation;
(v) Insists on equality between GMC policies for doctors concerning females and males in respect of non-therapeutic genital surgery.
(vi) Calls for no further commissioning or funding of non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors in the NHS;”