"GPs, school nurses, midwives and A&E staff will be taught the warning signs of forced marriage and be trained to provide a supportive environment for victims to come forward.
Public health minister Caroline Flint said: "Forced marriage affects children and adults as well as men and women from a wide range of communities. An interview with a health professional may be the first and only opportunity victims have to tell someone about what is happening to them.
"This new guidance will help health professionals recognise the warning signs of forced marriage, understand the danger faced by victims and respond to their needs sensitively and effectively.
The why do I have sense of foreboding? I pray that I am wrong but my first thought is that if this is going to be the case, then it is unlikely that these poor women will get any treatment at all. In the main imprisoned in their homes and utterly reliant on their men folk, any suspicion that those in the medical proffession might be paid police agents is certain to drive them out of the mainstream healthcare system.
So they will undoubtedly start going exclusively to GPs and the like from their own community, further ostracising them from the indigenous population.
I suspect that a vast majority of health proffessionals, if they spot signs that suggest forced marriage already attempt to offer help and succour to the victims. To tell them must do this, and to provide this training is, for all the good intentions going I fear to backfire horribly.
Worse I have a suspicion, in terms of statistical analysis, it will be a great sucess as fewer and fewer women in this awful situation will be reported. But that does not mean that these practices are being stamped out, rather that they will no longer be getting any medical help at all.
I pray that I am wrong.