A young mother who allegedly had female genital mutilation performed on her in a London hospital was "let down" by medics, a midwife admitted today.

The woman, identified only as AB, first underwent female circumcision aged six in Somalia and should have been referred to a specialist FGM midwife before she gave birth.

But a community midwife at London's Whittington Hospital failed to send her down the "FGM pathway", contrary to the hospital's policy and she did not receive the specialist care she was entitled to.

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