BBC Radio: Reporter Scott on Transvaginal Mesh and Parliament

Jane Akre
September 28, 2017

BBC Radio

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, September 28, 2017 ~ Scotland's Sunday Mail journalist, Marion Scott, talks to BBC Radio this morning about the transvaginal mesh issues that will be presented to a Parliamentary Petitions Committee today.

Eight minutes into this interview, the presenters review why an expert contributor to a Scottish official report on transvaginal mesh, Dr. Wael Agur, resigned. His key evidence was removed and buried in footnotes, he says.

Here is his Petition.

About 60 survivors were planning to appear at Scotland's Parliament, the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Image of Parliament from Holyrood Park, Wiki

Scottish Mesh Survivors wants to continue the suspension on polypropylene mesh procedures in women until the manufacturers can assure safety.

They call the official report a whitewash.

In 2013, the country became the first to stop the use of polypropylene mesh implants as the standard treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The official recall recommends to lift the suspension.

With more than 400 women filing lawsuits in that country, both against manufacturers and against the health service, former health minister, Alex Neil has called for a global summit on the mesh mess.

Women without problems are extremely lucky, says Scott in this interview.

BBC Radio, Sept. 28, 2017 – Interviews Reporter, Marion Scott, start - 8 min in:
28/09/2017, Good Morning Scotland - BBC Radio Scotland

The Petitions Committee is influential says Scott and has the power to hold inquiries, commission reports require government ministers and public servants to give evidence and answer questions. It has the power to recommend changes.

The Petitions Committee will examine what relationship the officials who produced the report have to mesh manufacturers, what monies they have received and why that issue was not made more transparent. ###

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