It is estimated that more than 100 men and boys are circumcised in the UK every day and 9 out of 10 of those circumcisions are medically unnecessary.
As there is currently no national registry recording all circumcisions performed in the UK, it is impossible to say exactly how many men and boys are circumcised every year.
Extensive research by the charity NORM UK carried out in 1999 concluded that 32,000 circumcisions are carried out by health authorities every year. As most Primary Care Trusts in the UK do not perform religious or ritual circumcisions, the 32,000 figure does not include circumcisions performed for religious, cultural and social reasons.
The Secular Medical Forum estimates that 2,000 Jewish boys are ritually circumcised at the age of 8 days old. In addition, there are 5 times more Muslims in the UK so as many as 10,000 Muslim boys could also be circumcised outside the health service.
Furthermore, there are numerous private clinics that perform circumcision which could account for thousands more circumcisions.
When all of this is taken into account the estimate that 100 men and boys are circumcised every day in the UK could well be a conservative estimate.
Most worrying, NORM UK estimate that as many as 91% of circumcisions performed for ‘medical’ reasons are in fact medically unnecessary - which is why we believe that somewhere in the region of 100 Unnecessary Male Circumcisions are performed in the UK every day.