MESH VICTIMS CALL FOR HALT TO PARTIAL REMOVAL

By Democrat reporter

MSPs are being contacted by constituents who are victims of mesh but do not want to be named.

They have raised the issue of women being directed to the so-called centres of excellence in Edinburgh and Glasgow for treatment, where many have received partial mesh removal that has produced very poor and debilitating results.

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Neil Findlay, Labour MSP, fighting for mesh victims in the Holyrood parliament.

“The belief is that clinicians at those centres do not have the required skill set to carry out full mesh removal using the latest techniques,” Neil Findlay MSP told parliament on Thursday.

He added: “One woman who is not a constituent of mine who has broken her anonymity is Claire Daisley, who will lose her bowel and bladder if she does not get a full mesh removal procedure within the next two months.”

He asked First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to intervene in Claire’s case to ensure that she gets the treatment that she deserves.

And if she would halt partial mesh removal at the Edinburgh and Glasgow centres until a full appraisal has been carried out?

Ms Sturgeon replied: “I undertake to have the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport look into the case that has been brought to the Parliament’s attention to make sure that everything possible is being done for the individual concerned.

“A group of medical directors and senior clinical managers are looking at a range of options to improve care and support.

“Among a range of issues, the group is considering the course of care for women who suffer complications. It met for the first time in early April, it will meet for a second time tomorrow and it aims to make recommendations to health board chief executives by the autumn.

“It will fully take into account the views that patients are expressing.”

She added: “I absolutely understand why some women will want to retain anonymity and privacy, but if any women who want to speak confidentially to the health secretary [Jeane Freeman] or health officials, we would be happy and, indeed, keen to facilitate that on the assurance that we will protect their privacy and anonymity.”

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