New rules which compel doctors to report female genital mutilation to the police could stop women from seeking medical help, a leading gynaecologist warned today.

Janice Rymer, professor of gynaecology at King's College London School of Medicine, told the Evening Standard: "The concern is that pregnant women will hang back, thinking they'll be investigated by the police. These are women who may need help for many reasons, including FGM-related complications around pregnancy."

David Cameron announced at last year's Girl Summit in London that doctors, teachers and social workers would be legally obliged to report FGM if they come across it.

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