Scottish Mesh Campaigners Blast Official Report Before Parliamentary Committee

//Scottish Mesh Campaigners Blast Official Report Before Parliamentary Committee

Scottish Mesh Campaigners Blast Official Report Before Parliamentary Committee

Scottish petitioners address health committee, June 2016

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, September 27, 2017 ~ An official report by Scottish medical experts on the pelvic mesh mess in that country, is being called a “whitewash” and Thursday, campaigners, who have resigned in disgust, take their outrage directly to a Parliamentary Committee.

Scotland is once again taking the lead in making public the pelvic mesh mess in that country.

Thursday, mesh-injured campaigners and experts will testify to the Petitions Committee – which allows the public to petition Parliament to make changes that citizens believe is needed.

Listen to the testimony before the Petitions Committee here. 

At issue is a controversial final report of the Independent Review of Transvaginal Mesh Implants, issued March 27, 2017, which campaigners call a “whitewash.”

The report indicates mesh benefits outweigh risks in stress urinary incontinence (SUI) procedures, TVT (tension-free vaginal tape) is effective, and the suspension on mesh procedures in Scotland should be lifted.

In June 2013, Scotland became the first country to suspend the use of synthetic mesh to treat incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

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

Marion Scott, Daily Record and Sunday Mail, Reporter/ Journalist of the Year 2015

Reporter Marion Scott explains to Mesh News Desk  the significance of the committee.

It is hugely influential 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 in many areas and is made up of politicians from all different parties so it is free to do things other committees are not.”

The proceedings will be televised.

Dr. Wael Agur, Scottish urogyn



Urogynecologist, Dr. Wael Agur was an expert brought in to contribute to the official report on the mesh issue in Scotland until he decided to resign in protest last March. He was joined by two patient representatives of Scottish Mesh Survivors, an active group of mesh-injured women.

In his peitition to the Committee, he is critical of the report saying it “allowed the highest risk mesh procedures despite lack of proven benefit over standard non-mesh alternatives.”

There is no reliable evidence on safety and efficacy of these products he adds, and the report does not “adequately warn surgeons and patients against the serious risks associated with transobturator mesh tape.”

He believes pelvic mesh should only be used in exceptional circumstances, due to the risk of “irreversible” damage, reports the Herald Scotland.

Dr. Agur says the final report must reinstate the original deleted Chapter Six in which compares the risks associated with mesh and non-mesh procedures. His conclusions that non-mesh repairs are safer was removed or changed, he says.

The report also does not recommend mandatory recording of all mesh procedures in a national registry in order to keep an eye on complication figures in the future.

Campaigners and Dr. Agul want a continued suspension of mesh procedures in Scotland and a rejection of the official report, which allowed some mesh procedures to be reinstated.  The inquiry will ask mesh manufacturers to prove the mesh implants and procedures are safe, and if that proof is not forthcoming, it is unlikely mesh procedures will be reintroduced in Scotland.

Marion Scott, Daily Mail reporter

Scott says, “One thing is for sure. The Mesh controversy is not over. It’s only just beginning here. There is also huge support for Mr. Neil’s international mesh summit.

Scotland is very unhappy with the UK’s medical watchdog (MHRA) which is almost wholly funded by industry.”

The MHRA concludes benefits outweigh the risks of all of these devices if used as intended. Their use continues in England.

Scott adds that a number of politicians want Scotland to have its own watchdog and to be more proactive in protecting patients. That would include requiring doctors to step up reporting adverse incidents, true informed choice, and a device registry mandates reporting adverse events so they can be accurately tracked.

In Scotland more than 400 women are sue the Scottish health boards and mesh makers due to their complications. ##


BBC Radio interviews Marion Scott, September 27, 2017 Starts 8 min in
28/09/2017, Good Morning Scotland – BBC Radio Scotland

The Herald, Vaginal Mesh expert says surgery puts patients at risk in Scotland, September 27, 2017

MND, Scottish Mesh Inquiry Blows-Up, May 23, 2017

The Independent Review of Transvaginal Mesh Implants, published March 27, 2017 is here.

MND, Scotland Calls for International Summit on Mesh Crisis, Sept 26, 2017

MND, Pelvic Mesh Procedures Halted in Scotland, June 2016


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

Thursday will be petitions committee, submission of Dr.Wael Agur



By |2017-10-01T21:12:27+00:00September 28th, 2017|News|4 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. Deborah September 28, 2017 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I noticed a whole pile of spelling mistakes… just edited that out!

    I was told it was all in my mind, it was depression, it wasn’t real. I had two pelvic floor repairs; the first failed leading to the second. The first surgery led to unbearable pain, constipation, periods the run heavier that the monsoon rains, and the doctor shrugged it off with loose weight and here is a prescription for pain killers for the imaginary pain that was depression! I was sent to see a physiotherapist who give a hell of traction to my left leg, ever so slightly dislocating it, and that I was told imagined. The first surgery failed and all the pain went away, I could walk freely again, no constipation but the periods the same and the prolapse returned and so the second surgery. The mesh; I wasn’t told it would be permanent, I wasn’t told the pain would be constant and enduring, I wasn’t told that sex would become so painful and unbearable or that my mobility would decline and that my whole body would suffer the intense burning from head to toe or the other plethora of problems. Again I was told I was making it up, it was all in my mind, it was depression, but here is a prescription for pain killers for the imaginary pain and to loose weight. I then fell at work, and I couldn’t stand or walk, making it up, it was depression, the imagination running wild, it was hypochondria. The finally I got tests; liver and kidney damage from the pain killers for the not real pain that was depression and was really in my mind and imaginary. I was then finally granted referral back to the gynecologist and an MRI scan… oh you have this damage to your joints and your spine is this and that…. but it isn’t the mesh! Then I read this… My joints are healed and my spine on the mend; I declined their surgery for the things made up, imagined and pretend. I took up yoga, and went back to a normal diet, high fat and protein; I filter my water and take massive doses of vitamins and minerals… but when I stop the symptoms of this mesh return. How do I make peace with this foreign body in my body, how do I keep myself from suffering? That is my secret and no medical doctor will find out because it is all in the mind, all made up and its depression, or maybe psychosis; I am qualified in mental health nursing and I know it is not psychosis!. I no longer trust the medics or health system; hand in glove with multi-million or even billion pound corporations who have inflicted enough on the masses so they can enjoy their lifestyles at our expense.

    • Jane Akre September 28, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you for being so proactive about your health….. Could you add your experience to the Autoimmune Registry?

    • Bejah Blue September 28, 2017 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      For decades, for generations women have been accused of Hysteria, of being fragile, of imagining symptoms for all manner of things, and it continues despite all the advances in mind and body medicine.

      I am Scottish, descended from an ancient Scottish king it is said (I do have his name) and I continue to be proud of the people of Scotland, their fierce loyalty and pride as defenders of their homeland. I am no supporter of the British monarchy. I own a flag of Scotland and fly it proudly though not daily for fear it will fade and grow tattered in the sun and fierce winds we have here. I am so proud of our Scottish sisters and their stand, their unity on this issue. The British are oppressive and I will never accept that they have any right to Scottish lands.

  2. Bejah Blue September 28, 2017 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    I have not seen posts by StillStanding recently and I am hoping she is OK, praying for our dear friend. Bejah

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