Scotland Calls for International Summit on Mesh Crisis

//Scotland Calls for International Summit on Mesh Crisis

Scotland Calls for International Summit on Mesh Crisis

Former Health Sec. Alex Neil

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, September 26, 2017 ~ Scotland was the first country to call on a ban on the use of polypropylene (PP) transvaginal mesh after hundreds of injured women came forward. It was the first to say NO to an official report. Now the former health secretary is calling for international action. 

On Sunday, former Scotland health secretary Alex Neil called the pelvic mesh implant crisis a “worldwide catastrophe” and called for international action and recognition.

Scotland becoming the first country to suspend the use of pelvic mesh implants after testimony to a Scottish Parliament Committee by Scottish Mesh Survivors members and extensive front-page media coverage, primarily by reporter Marion Scott.

Mr. Neil took a stand after meeting with scores of women implanted with PP mesh.

His conclusion, as reported in the Sunday Post:

“A global response is required to one of the biggest medical scandals of modern times. Scotland should continue taking the lead on this issue and host an international summit.”

An official report in Scotland has been called a “whitewash” by campaigners with one expert and two activists resigning from the so called independent review.

Among the complaints, all of the so called “experts” had ties to mesh manufacturers.  On Thursday, former committee members will explain their concerns to Holyrood’s Public Petitions committee.

Scottish Mesh Surviors’ Elaine Holmes says, “We applaud Mr. Neil. The world is finally waking up to this scandal.”

The Sunday Post reports the creation of an international summit has cross-party support in the Scottish Parliament.

The National Health Service is facing millions in liability as a result of 450 mesh victims filing the largest product liability action in Scottish history.

A petition drive to the Scottish government to keep the mesh ban in place, closed September 1, after calls went out internationally to the mesh-injured community.

Scotland does not have the authority to outright ban mesh. That lies with the MHRA, Scotland’s version of the FDA.  It is almost wholly funded by the medical industry many of which make mesh implants, according to the group.

However ,Scotland can continue the suspension for as long as it takes for more awareness to show the dangers. ###


MND, Scottish Mesh Ban Continues with Your Help, July 24, 2017

MND, Scotland Calls for Criminal Investigation into Boston Scientific and Counterfeit Mesh Allegations, September 2016

MND, Pelvic Mesh Procedures Halted in Scotland, June 2016

MND, Scotland Becomes First Country Suspend Use of Pelvic Mesh, June 2014


By | 2017-09-26T14:45:26+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Featured|13 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Anon September 26, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    I find it very offensive that it takes another country to possibly raise awareness of this scandal. It is a scandal and our justice system is allowing them to sweep it under the rug along with our federally funded FDA both of which our tax dollars pay for. Maybe with international pressure they will finally be forced to make this right for everyone affected. Our system doesn’t care but it’s international and so much tougher to sweep under the rug.

    • Anon September 27, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Amen!…. Anon

    • Anon September 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      My law professor always said, “you get the amount of Justice that you can afford. Sad but true, in the U.S. This process has proven to me and others involved in this horrible ordeal that the United States Justice System only works for those with money.

      • Jane Akre September 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm - Reply

        I believe we’ve seen countless examples of women who have survived their court case and won!!! Linda Gross, Christine Scott, Jo Huskey, Ella Ebaugh, just to name a few. They don’t have money to my knowledge yet with a good legal team that fights like hell, they win! It is possible.

        • Dy September 27, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

          Thank God for Mr. Neil. Maybe something will get done here, in the United States

        • Anon September 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm - Reply

          True Jane…but what about the rest of us that will not get the chance to balance this horrible injustice.

          • Anon September 27, 2017 at 5:49 pm

            Can we really say that there has been Justice for mesh victims when only a few of thousands that lives have been ruined by mesh will get a measure of Justice?

          • Jane Akre September 28, 2017 at 1:54 am

            Simple answer is No.

          • Jane Akre September 28, 2017 at 1:55 am

            I understand your point.. even the women who got some justice financially would trade the dollars for a return of health, I promise you. Justice is at the bottom of a bottomless well said the defense attorney in A Civil Action….(Robert Duval) and I think he’s right.

        • Bejah Blue September 28, 2017 at 11:15 pm - Reply

          Jane, It would be interesting to do a story on those who have won and what their lives are like post win, what their health is like as time passes and how they feel, how they feel about the future, etc. Those who have settled are I guess forbidden to discuss their lives at all? Bejah

          • Jane Akre September 28, 2017 at 11:36 pm

            But do they ant every old relative coming out of the woodwork asking for money?

      • Bejah Blue October 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

        I agree Anon but this is not the whole truth…it is also true that individuals and women stand very little chance of prevailing in any court in this country which clearly favors industry and men, to put it in grossly simple terms. I do not even bother going to court any more when I am defrauded. There is no point, no hope. It is simply not worth it. My advice to us all is to stay out of courts and stay out of hospitals. In this matter, I do not know what to say…very few have won the day who should and even those who have won in court…how many have seen compensation….how many still suffer through endless appeals on the part of the corporate defendants? I trust not the Dept of Justice or the FDA and think it highly likely that the entire structure of government in this nation is profoundly corrupt and will remain so until the economy finally collapses into either anarchy or some form of nazi fueled despotism, the favored climate of Satan. Bejah

  2. Anon October 5, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    My comment was in no way meant to discourage litigation. We have no choice but to continue to fight these diabolical financially bottomless giants, because we have been permanently harmed/damaged physically and mentally by their defective products. We definitely deserve justice, a balance of this horrible injustice… just to maintain the damages that will ravage our bodies and minds indefinitely.

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