A former Whittington Hospital doctor is one of two people to become the first to be prosecuted over female genital mutilation in the UK.

Dr Dhanoun Dharmasena has been charged with an offence while working at the hospital in Islington in November 2012.

Another man, Hasan Mohamed will face a charge of intentionally encouraging an offence of female genital mutilation.

Dr Dharmasena and Mr Mohamed will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 15.

Director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders said the Crown Prosecution Service was asked by the Metropolitan Police to consider an allegation of female genital mutilation.

The alleged offence took place following a patient giving birth in November 2012.

Police believe a doctor at the Whittington Hospital repaired female genital mutilation that had previously been performed on the woman, allegedly carrying out the illegal procedure himself.