We petition the Care Quality Commission to have the Manchester Circumcision Clinic re-opened.

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Having our male children circumcised is a fundamental requirement in Islam and Judaism. The Manchester Circumcision clinic, run from Thornely House Medical centre, Hyde, Cheshire has been providing us with a very good service to fulfil our religious obligations. The clinic, located in the heart of the community, provides a valuable service for the community in a safe, clean and trusted environment. The clinic is reputed, by parents who have used the clinic, as one of the best.

The trust between the community and the staff at the clinic has been built on the quality of care provided before, during and after each procedure. As a parent, we are happy with the care delivered and felt our children were safe.

The decision to close the clinic is regressive and will undoubtedly compromise the safety of our children. The local community will now be forced to look for other clinics and practitioners who we have no knowledge off or any trust in. This will expose our children to far greater risk as there is a now a possibility that the premises may be unsuitable and the practitioners unqualified. It will also leave us without the access to aftercare.

The decision to close the established and trusted local clinic is not serving the best interest of our children. It is utterly bizarre that Care Quality Commission in trying to safeguard children are actually putting them at greater risk.

I demand that the Care Quality Commission respects my right to take my child to where I feel he is safe and re-open our clinic.

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