Mesh Operations Continue in Scotland Despite Suspension

Jane Akre
February 22, 2015
from Sunday Mail, Scotland

from Sunday Mail, Scotland

Journalist Marion Scott is leading the way again with her reporting on the mesh surgery scandal in Scotland.

According to her article in the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, ever since the government urged the country to stop using transvaginal mesh in that country, there have been 166 operations.

Scott reports eight health boards have ignored the suspension.

Read her story here.

The NHS Great Glasgow and Clyde, reportedly said patients wanted mesh placed, despite the risks. It is the board with the most - 56 operations. Meanwhile six health boards have performed no mesh surgeries and have observed the suspension.

Scotland has a publicly funded healthcare system, NHS. There are 14 regional NHS Boards in Scotland.

Included in scheduled future operations is a clinical trials on 24 patients who will test a TVT tape versus a TVT-O (transvaginal tape obturator) which has already been found to be defective in two U.S. courts.

Elaine Holmes testifying to Parliament

Elaine Holmes testifying to Parliament

Mesh campaigners, including Scottish Mesh Survivors’ Elaine Holmes says she is “appalled health boards are arrogantly flouting the suspension.”

Last June, former health secretary Alex Neil announced a nationwide suspension on procedures after mesh-injured campaigners petitioned a committee of parliament to share their stories of horrendous mesh injuries.

Like in the U.S., litigation is underway in Scotland where more than 400 mesh-injured woman have filed lawsuits against the mesh makers and the NHS. #

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