The British Medical Association (BMA) is not a regulator, it is the doctors’ Trade Union. It has an interest in protecting its members. That includes advising doctors in areas where their practice may come into contact with the law or standards of medical ethics.
The BMA presently gives guidance to doctors on male circumcision that states doctors may perform unnecessary male circumcision on children when it has the consent of both parents. They assert it is a lawful practice when this is questionable.
The BMA guidance fails to provide any adequate recognition of the child’s right to autonomy or the meaninglessness of parental consent when it is the child who has to live with the consequences.
Le have lobbied the BMA but have been ignored.
Feel free to use the form below to tell the BMA ethics committee what you think. We have provided draft words for you but please edit these to make the message your own. Alternatively write to: Medical Ethics Department, British Medical Association, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP, UK
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