LOCAL MSP AND MP WELCOME HEALTH BOARD MOVE OVER PLASTIC MESH IMPLANTS
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray and Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown have welcomed the move by NHS Dumfries and Galloway to suspend procedures involving plastic mesh implants.
The move is as a result of on-going concern about the side effects caused by the mesh implants. Around 1,500 women in Scotland receive mesh implants every year, usually to treat a prolapsed bladder and relieve incontinence, often as a result of childbirth. However, some patients have been left in constant pain after the implants hardened, and have been told they can never have sex again. NHS Dumfries and Galloway board’s medical director Dr Angus Cameron has told doctors across the region to stop using mesh to treat prolapses and has also called for an urgent review of mesh tape used to treat bladder problems. It is believed that the local NHS is the first board in Britain to take such action.
Despite a call for the suspension of surgeries across Scotland using the mesh implants until a general inquiry could be held, the Scottish Government has ruled it out because of concerns over litigation from manufacturers despite the damage being done to many patients.
Commenting on the move by the local Trust, Elaine Murray said:
“I welcome this move by NHS Dumfries and Galloway. By making this decision they are putting local women first. It is simply unacceptable for procedures to go ahead that can leave the patients in terrible and insufferable pain.”
“The NHS Board are stepping in where the Scottish Government has failed to by taking this action. The Scottish Government should have issued a similar instruction months ago. However, they have put the profits of multinational companies before the health of Scottish women.”
Russell Brown added:
“I fully back this decision and it’s just disappointing that the Scottish Government isn’t ensuring this happens in every part of Scotland. The local NHS Board are leading by example and I hope it is a move that is replicated by Health Boards across the country.”