Scotland: Win Big Prizes from Pushing Pelvic Mesh!

//Scotland: Win Big Prizes from Pushing Pelvic Mesh!

Scotland: Win Big Prizes from Pushing Pelvic Mesh!

daily record story by marion scott rio de janero

Dec 7, 2014 Sunday Mail and Daily Record, by Marion Scott

Believe it not pushing mesh implants can win you a prize trip to Brazil!

Marion Scott of the Sunday Mail and Daily Record investigates a contest among mesh recruiters with a prize for the highest number of mesh recruits of a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Laptops were also offered to incentivize patient signups.

Dr. Athele Khunda was the winner and he was sent to the Brazilian city and urged to enjoy the sights.   The labor Health Secretary Neil Findlay called it “like a TV game show where the stakes for patients could be ending up in a wheelchair or crippled for life.”  He called for a cessation of the program and a full ethics investigation.

Scottish mesh conflicts of interest october 2014


Scotland’s former Health Secretary Alex Neil suspended the sales of pelvic mesh last  June after hearing horror stories from women who are part of Scottish Mesh Survivors. At the time he said he felt this was just the tip of the iceberg. See background story here. 

Aberdeen University was offering the incentives as part of a health trial that recruited patients and was supported by grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The clinical trial will need to recruit 650 women to compare two different mesh slings – a single-incision mini-sling (SIMS) and a TVT-O (transvaginal tape obturator). The TVT-O has been found to be defectively designed by two U.S. courts. More than 100 have already been enrolled. The winner of the competition, Dr. Khunda and his team, gathered the highest number of participants for the clinical trial.

In a newsletter from the South Tees Hospitals congratulating the winners, it was announced that “future competition with prizes of free places to International Continence Society March 2015 in Aberdeen and laptop prizes will be announced soon.”

Marion Scott, reporter Sunday Mail

Marion Scott, reporter Sunday Mail

For its part, the British Medical Association says doctors should never be influenced by gifts or promotional incentives.


Scottish Mesh Survivors

One of the Scottish Mesh Survivors says, “This is an apt description that I agree with from my co-petitoner Elaine Holmes on the SIMS Patient Information content and the incentives that surround the current SIMS trial.

“There is no mention to patients that the device they get will be ‘mesh’ it is referred to as special tape. They are not told that TVM ‘mesh’ has been suspended by the Scottish Government pending a safety inquiry. They are not told that when they are randomised to receive a device (a) Bard Ajust single incision mini-sling (SIMS) is not the first of its kind, it is based on an earlier predecessor which was a big failure, if they don’t get that then they may get (b) TVT-O, a device that has twice in recent months found to be defectively designed in a US court of law. But there are big prizes to be won: Brazil, Laptops and others, yet to be revealed – all very exciting. Oh, forgot to mention, this is not for the lowly plentiful participants/patients/guinea pigs – we will refund your travel expenses by way of a thank you for allowing us to experiment on you. And after all our hard work who could begrudge us a wee jolly to Brazil.#


Learn More:

The Daily Record, December 7, Marion Scott, Mesh Surgery Scandal

This is the link to the  SIMS study patient information leaflet:





By | 2014-12-08T15:11:13+00:00 December 8th, 2014|Media Reports|7 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. sandy December 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    There are no words – to be able to destroy lives with no conscious- is beyond imagination or words. God help us all if this is what is becoming of our world.

  2. Still suffering December 8, 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    You are spot on, Sandy. This IS what our world is coming to. “But as these things start to occur, lift your heads up, because your deliverance is geting near.” It will get worse before it gets better.

  3. mary l. December 9, 2014 at 7:27 am - Reply

    This sickens me. As I sit here knowing more mesh is breathtaking through . . I feel it again. I have lost all confidence in our F D A and Dortos for allowing this.

  4. Suzanne McClain December 9, 2014 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    UNBELIEVABLE!!! The labor Health Secretary Neil Findlay hit the nail on the head with his response. As a woman who has now endured 5 mesh related surgeries, and as hard as and I and others have fought to get mesh banned from the market, it sickens me to see a major university turning this into a circus. I feel genuine concern for the 650+ women who have signed up for this. If any one of them could have walked in my shoes for one day, they would have hit the pavement running! After their procedures, most, if not all will likely wish they had done so.

    How long does this university plan to study the efficacy of these products? Are they even aware that many women experience no adverse events until many years out? My mesh was okay for 4 years before I began to suffer severe complications; another woman I know of experienced problems 10 years out from her implant year.

    If they are only planning a shorty term clinical trial, and by that I mean 1-4 years, many of these women will to fall through the cracks.

    So glad Neil Findlay called for a cessation. Hopefully, that occurred before 650 more women are lead down the path to hell!

    • Jan Urban December 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Money, money, money, thats what its all about.. Everyone but the mesh injured seems to be getting the bigger slice of the pie. It’s seems to be done deal this MDL . As the injured and plaintiffs we are just pawns, marks in the whole process. They pretty much have it all figured out and never discuss all their meetings and procedures, what is allowed, disallowed with us and when you ask, your told, were not there yet or something blatantly off the wall. It’s all a load of ——-. They Know and they all are our benefactors from our pain and lives ruined. The mistrust and lack of confidence in this MDL makes me sick. Lawyers playing games behind closed doors without consulting or informing us is not right. I want to know everything that is going on. After they moved this last Ethicon’s trial date our attorney’s should of been on the phone with this information and be available to answer our questions about this upcoming meeting in January. That’s there job. How many of you heard from your attorney? None of the staff members in the Chain of Command from my lawyers office called me. This is how I feel lately and It’s MESHED UP. NOW…… The women who have been coerced for this study better run and hide. DON”T DO IT!!!! I’m begging you all, Please never put mesh into your bodies, NEVER!!!!!!! Jan Urban

  5. msm December 9, 2014 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    You can bet that there are “incentives” paid here in the U.S., too. Although we have the Anti-kickback Statute, it is full of loopholes. Take the docs who are entering their victims…. oops….I mean patients into the new AMS studies. Do you think there are ” incentives” involved? Maybe they’re not as obvious as the contest for a vacation, but why else would a doc basically surrender the patient to the study? Not out of their pure interest in the advancement of science.

    If you have nothing else to do, read the following document and get an idea of the relationship of the FDA and AMS.

    It really is all about $$$.

  6. All Meshed Up December 23, 2014 at 9:00 am - Reply

    It should not surprise any of us that this sort of corruption goes on behind the curtain. This should also remind us here in the U.S. that our questions as to why there are no recalls, change in the status of PP mesh to a hazardous material or major investigations in the mass injuries to men and women by Surgical Mesh has not occured. With the huge amount of substantial evidence available to the FDA not only from the Mesh injured but from it’s own data base, we should have seen some change in the wholesale use of Surgical Mesh. Doctor’s are still touting the use and safety of Surgical Mesh while women across this country are finding that their “safe and benign” “Medical Mesh” is anything but safe. Hernia Mesh Victims have been experimented on for years as Surgical Mesh has morphed into the “new, improved” Gynecological meshes of today. Those victims Hernia Mesh Victims have given up any thought of compensation, retribution or a life without pain and poverty after their implant went bad and their questions and complaits go unanswered by the Medical Community that they once trusted.

    Is there corruption within our Medical Community and the Governmental Agency that is supposed to protect us? What do you think?

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